Constitution and Legislative Reform

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Monday, June 19, 2017
"We are not too young to run": Youth in Nigeria march to support bill
Despite comprising almost half of the Nigerian population, youth have been historically marginalized from entering politics at a state and federal level. Aspiring to increase youth’s participation in Nigerian politics, the Youth Initiative for...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Video on the Gender Quota & other Temporary Special Measures
The clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections,...
Monday, May 15, 2017
The government of Kenya launched a strategy to support participation of women in politics
The government of Kenya has launched a strategy aimed at supporting greater participation of women in elective politics. This comes ahead of the two third gender rule bill set to be reintroduced in parliament. The bill set to come up for voting for...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
International Conference at Rutgers University on Resisting Women's Political Leadership
This conference seeks to explore in the nature, origins, and manifestations of resistance to women’s political leadership, taking a global perspective and engaging scholars and practitioners working in a host of related areas. Positioned at the...
Friday, May 05, 2017
Video: Gender quotas in numbers and figures in Lebanon
The clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections,...
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Event: Does political participation need political parties and representation?
Today, most citizens endorse democracy but expect much more than a periodic opportunity at the ballot box. These citizens have access to an expanding repertoire of mechanisms to express criticism and influence political processes. These mechanisms...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
What Happens When Women Legislate
LAS VEGAS — Cheaper tampons. Office breaks to pump breast milk. No co-pay on birth control. These are not the talking points of a ladies’ happy hour. They are among the State Senate and Assembly bills being considered in the Nevada Legislature. Not...
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Government of Solomon Islands Supports Temporary Special Measure Policy for Women in Parliament
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has moved a Motion in Parliament to consider the White Paper on the proposed new election system for Solomon Islands. Apart from addressing some of the shortfalls in the current first past the post system, Prime...
Financing for Gender Equality
Monday, April 10, 2017
Book on Financing for Gender Equality: Realising Women’s Rights through Gender Responsive Budgeting
This collection of essays addresses the glaring gap between policy commitments and actual investments in gender equality, ranging across sectors and focusing on development aid, peace-building and climate funds. Casting a spotlight on the...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Hope for change as Kenya court rules one-third of MPs must be women
NAIROBI — Kenyan activists on Monday welcomed a High Court ruling giving parliament 60 days to ensure a third of lawmakers are women or face dissolution. The ruling follows a lengthy struggle to increase women's political representation in the...
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Canada: New Brunswick's government to give political parties financial incentives to field women candidates
FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's government is winning praise for its plan -- thought to be a Canadian first -- to give political parties a financial incentive to field more women candidates. Premier Brian Gallant said Wednesday more women are needed...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Summary of the e-Discussion on the SDGs and women's political participation
From 9 January to 12 February 2017, iKNOW Politics hosted an e-Discussion on Women’s political participation: a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality, democracy and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fourteen experts from...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
International IDEA: Politically empowering women for democracy
This year’s International Women’s Day’s theme, “Be Bold for Change”, is a call to forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. In particular, it calls for groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women....
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
“In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”
As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begoña Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Indian politician quits after protests against giving women stronger voice
GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The chief minister of India's remote northeastern state of Nagaland has resigned after facing increasing pressure for failing to quell weeks of violent protests by tribal groups opposing a move to give...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Launch of "The Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030" by UN Women, IPU, and Equality Now
A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled on February 14, 2017 at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030”...
Friday, February 10, 2017
Women's Rights in Constitutions. Global Good Practices in Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Constitutions
This policy guidance provides a range of good practice options for advancing gender equality in the content of constitutions. It contributes to, and complements, the capacity-building support that United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff in...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Arjun Bahadur Thapa
Contributor Uday Nagaraju met in Nepal His Excellency Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General of SAARC, and discussed SAARC’s objectives, achievements and goals in gender equality and women’s empowerment. The South Asian Association for Regional...

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