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Friday, September 06, 2013
Constituent Assembly’s female representation shows poor quantity, good quality: women’s rights activists
While the Constituent Assembly may be lacking in quantity of female representation, the chosen members are of good quality, women’s rights activists and female politicians have said. The assembly has five female members: Azza El Ashmawy,...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Egypt: Council - Women Were Marginalized Under Brotherhood's Rule
Ambassador Mervat Talawi, the National Council for Women's head, called on all countries to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood's crimes to terrorize citizens and cause instability and turbulence in Egypt. Women were the first to suffer for a whole...
Monday, August 19, 2013
Women Taking Lead Roles in Re-Constructing Somalia
While al-Shabaab loses ground and progress and development spread throughout Somalia, women are seeking a larger role in re-constructing the country. They are helping rebuild Somalia in many fields, such as education, health, politics and even...
Friday, June 28, 2013
Tunisia: Feminist Activists Target Tunisian PM's Visit to Brussels
The head of the European Commission has called on Tunisia Prime Minister Ali Larayedh to reform the country's criminal laws to give equality to all. Feminist activists helped draw attention to the Tunisian situation during Larayedh's visit to...
Friday, June 28, 2013
Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace issues alternate electoral law and demands inclusivness in Constitutional Assembly
In partnership with Karama, the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) organized an urgent two-day consultation in Tripoli starting 6 June to address the recently-issued electoral law which will govern the selection process for the Constitutional...
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Report of the Sub-Regional Forum on Women's Participation in Post-Revolution Parliamentary Elections
This report aims at documenting the proceedings of the Sub-Regional Forum on Women’s Participation in Parliamentary Elections in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya; the three Arab countries which are going through a transition period to build democracy, since...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Samoa parliament reserves seats for women
Samoa’s Parliament has decided to unanimously endorse an amendment to the constitution which will allow five parliamentary seats to be allotted to women candidates. The amendment was discussed in the house before the third and final reading on...
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Libya should seize unique opportunity to guarantee women’s rights - HRW
Libyan authorities should ensure women are well represented in the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting the country’s new constitution, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published on Monday. Many women played key roles in the uprising...
Friday, May 17, 2013
Yemen's women make their voices heard from revolution to constitution
Yemeni women are some of the fiercest women I have ever met. Through conflicts and famine, many have had to struggle for the survival of their families. The abject poverty afflicts Yemeni women in particularly harsh ways, yet they carry on and...
Friday, May 10, 2013
First female candidate registered for Iranian presidential elections
The first female candidate was registered for the upcoming presidential election in Iran, the Fars News Agency reported. Razieh Omidvar, 46, has submitted her registration to the election headquarters, and said that her goal is to improve the...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Lessons from Women’s Programs in Afghanistan and Iraq
As Afghanistan and Iraq enter a difficult transition period, women in these countries are increasingly vulnerable to having their rights and opportunities set back at least a generation. Deteriorating security in both countries also places women on...
Monday, April 29, 2013
Confidence Gap: Citizen Priorities on the One Year Anniversary of the National Constituent Assembly Elections, Tunisia
This report explores public opinion in Tunisia in late October/early November 2012. Based on 12 focus group discussions with 121 Tunisian participants, the report examines Tunisian citizens’ attitudes and concerns about progress toward drafting the...
Friday, April 26, 2013
Zimbabweans say yes to new Constitution strong on gender equality and women’s rights
  “As a woman of Zimbabwe, I personally wanted a Constitution that is fit for me,” said Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and Member of Parliament, Jessie Majome, who participated in Zimbabwe’s...
Monday, April 22, 2013
Report on Egyptian woman conditions in 2012
A report on the political, civil, economic and social rights of women in Egypt in 2012.   (We invite our users to read the complete report here)
Monday, April 22, 2013
Guaranteeing Equality between Women and Men in the Constitution
A paper on gender sensitive constitution drafting in phases of transition.   (We invite our users to read the complete report here)
Friday, April 19, 2013
Zimbabweans say yes to new Constitution strong on gender equality and women's rights
“As a woman of Zimbabwe, I personally wanted a Constitution that is fit for me,” said Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and Member of Parliament, Jessie Majome, who participated in Zimbabwe’s Constitution-...
Monday, April 08, 2013
Leading political activist: Women ignored by Fiji's draft constitution
Last month Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced that the draft Constitution was ready. He had promised that the draft and any amendments would be handled by a Constituent Assembly, but then he announced it would be presented directly...
Friday, April 05, 2013
Zimbabwe: Exploit Constitution, Women Urged
The Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development says it will use the constitution to make sure that there are more women in decision-making positions in private and public institutions. (We invite our users to read the full article...

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