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Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Power of Legislation for Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development
The Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) will hold its annual parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), at UN Headquarters in New York, in cooperation with UN Women on March 15, 2016. The...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Framework for the Consolidation of Parity Democracy
In 2013 the 29th General Assembly of the Latin American Parliament, that took place on 19-20 October, approved the Resolution on the political participation of women, which “reaffirms the commitment to substantive equality of women and men,...
Monday, February 01, 2016
Mexican women politicians agree to a special protocol against political violence
In the state of Morelos (Mexico), it met last January 28 a group of women holding public office occupied or to arrange a special protocol for women who suffer political violence. The meeting is being held to coincide with the centenary of the first...
Friday, January 29, 2016
134th Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly
The 134th Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union will take place from 19 to 23rd of March 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia. The events will include a general debate on the theme “Rejuvenating democracy, giving voice to youth” as well as terrorism and the...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Chilean Senate approves criteria of gender quotas for political parties
The Chamber of the Chilean Senate approved with 35 votes in favor, the new law on political parties, in the absence of some outstanding voting points. This new law aims to advance internal democracy of political parties in Chile and has a special...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Upcoming National Gender Policy in Somalia
"The Government is committed to developing a framework for integrating a gender perspective in all policy and programmes" said Minister of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal government, Mrs Sahra Mohamed Ali. She also added that the...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
International IDEA's Annual Review of Constitution-Building Processes: 2014
This second Annual Review of Constitution-Building Processes describes the key issues underlying constitutional transitions in 2014. The first chapter in this volume examines gender equity and agency in the constitutions of many African and Arab...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Summary Video of the WIP Mexico Summit 2015
The Women in Parliaments (WIP) and the Mexican Senate co-hosted the Mexico Summit on 7-9 October 2015.  Marking the 40th anniversary of the First World Conference on Women, a conference in 1975 that defined a World Plan of Action for the...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Power of Legislation for Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development
The Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) will hold its annual parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), at UN Headquarters in New York, in cooperation with UN Women on March 15, 2016. The...
Friday, January 08, 2016
Ms. Margot Wallström, Swedish Foreign Minister, Defines as 'Medieval' Saudi Arabia's Treatment of Women
The Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, declared that Saudi Arabia’s measures against women are ‘medieval’. The declarations followed the decision by the Saudi courts of ordering that Raif Badawi, who had created a webpage encouraging free...
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
The Latin American and the Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino) Approved 'Framework Law on Parity Democracy'
The Latin American and the Caribbean Parliament, Parlatino, approved on 1 December 2015 the ‘Framework Law on Parity Democracy’, developed with the support of UN Women. The Framework, that raised widespread agreement among Member States, will serve...
Monday, April 13, 2015
Senior Programme Officer – West Africa
Context West Africa is a key growth region for IDEA in Africa. It is the most populous region of the continent and home to the most populous African country, Nigeria. It is also home to ECOWAS, UEMOA and enjoys the status of being the fastest...
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Women, business and the law
THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTEand THE WORLD BANK GROUP’S WOMEN, BUSINESS AND THE LAW   present a spirited debate   Economics or Politics: Which Drives Women’s Empowerment?   Thursday, April 16 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.   at the World Bank’s Civil...
Members of the Constitutional Shadow Committee participate in a constitution drafting session after completing a capacity development workshop. Photo: Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy/Ibrahim Abdeljawwad
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution
“I used to be afraid to give my opinion, but now I tell people about complex issues like politics, women’s rights and the Constitution. I feel strong,” says 24-year-old Amani Thawabta, a law school graduate from Palestine. Although she speaks about...
law and equality
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Law as a first step to equal rights
By Graziele Grilo I watched the movie “The Judge” and one quote of Billy Bob Thornton’s character got my attention. At a certain point in the movie, he says “The law is the only thing capable of making people equal”. I kept thinking about it because...
Monday, March 23, 2015
Law as a first step to equal rights
By Graziele Grilo I watched the movie “The Judge” and one quote of Billy Bob Thornton’s character got my attention. At a certain point in the movie, he says “The law is the only thing capable of making people equal”. I kept thinking about it because...
NDC supporter
Monday, March 16, 2015
Women in Ghana call for political party constitutional reforms
Women organisers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) are advocating reforms to their party constitutions to allow for more women to seek political office. Such reforms, according to the women organisers...
Friday, March 13, 2015
Programme Officer - Constitution Building Processes
The WANA programme was launched in 2011 after the revolutions that swept many countries in the region.  Since that time 10 countries in the region have amended, replaced or reconsidered their constitutional frameworks.  In these countries, some...

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