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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Increase women MPs or face fines, parties told in the UK
Political parties must face fines if they do not ensure at least 45% of general election candidates are female, MPs have recommended. The Women and Equalities Committee said the fact that 30% of current MPs were women represented a "serious...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
International IDEA hosts all-day event at UN on Political Participation of Migrants and Refugees
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) has organized a discussion on “Political Participation in Times of Mass Migration and Refugee Crises” at UN Headquarters in collaboration with the Permanent...
Monday, December 12, 2016
Nigeria: Lagos State Deputy Governor calls for laws that encourage more women in politics
The Lagos State Government on Saturday called on the Nigerian National Assembly to enact laws that would provide the enabling environment for more women to participate in politics. Dr. Idiat Adebule, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, made this call...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Gender-sensitive reforms in parliament are necessary to eliminate violence against women
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) follows up its landmark study on sexism against women MPs with an initiative to advance gender-sensitive reforms in parliament. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, IPU launched...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Evaluating the gender sensitivity of parliaments: A self assessment toolkit by IPU
While parliaments vary in their level of gender sensitivity, there is room for improvement across the globe. This toolkit is relevant to all parliaments, whatever political system they adhere to and whatever their stage of development. The self-...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Workshop to promote gender and social inclusion policy and electoral law reform in the Kingdom of Lesotho
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is working to promote the organization of credible and participatory elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Building on past election experiences, post-election reports and election observation recommendations,...
Monday, October 10, 2016
Film screening: A Revolution in Four Seasons
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Tunisia was left with the formidable task of rebuilding a government in a deeply divided nation. The ousting of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his authoritarian regime was, perhaps, the easy part. Two...
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Song on Gender Equality: In My Hand - بئيدي
The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. As part of its efforts to engage youth as champions for gender equality, IWSAW released an...
Monday, October 03, 2016
Guide on Constitution Assessment for Women's Equality
The constitution-building process provides an extraordinary opportunity for women and gender-equality advocates to participate in the framing of democratic institutions. The Constitution Assessment for Women’s Equality helps users analyse a...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Policy Brief: Advancing Women’s Caucuses in Legislatures
Women’s caucuses are particularly useful for strengthening the voice of an under-heard constituency. They increase the confidence of female legislators, who often have less political experience than male colleagues, by providing a vehicle for...
Monday, September 19, 2016
Women’s Political Representation & Electoral Systems in Canada
Many Canadians are grappling with the prospect of changes to Canada’s First Past the Post electoral system. The current consultation phase represents an enormous opportunity to better understand the limitations and opportunities of electoral systems...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
ABC for a Gender Sensitive Constitution: Hanbdook for engendering constitution-making
During political transitions it is important to put emphasis on women’s rights and gender equality in order to take the opportunity to correct the historical exclusion of women from the political sphere. Thus, a reform process towards democracy can...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Liberal Party signs gender diversity plan to increase female representation in Parliament in Australia
The Liberal Party's federal executive has signed off on a 10-year plan to significantly increase its female representation in Parliament, in what one senator has described as a "watershed" moment for the party. Under the "gender diversity reform...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Women Affairs Ministry and others call for a Gender Bill in Nigeria
Abuja — The Ministry of Women Affairs, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and non-governmental organisations yesterday in Abuja called on the National Assembly to fast-track the passage of the Gender Equality Opportunity Bill into law in order...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Women MPs Quotas Discussed in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan
The U.S. isn’t the only country deep into an election season. The former Soviet republic of Georgia, which gained independence in 1991, is heading into parliamentary elections in October. But while Hillary Clinton is busy breaking down gender...
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
New Tunisian bill to counter violence against women
Tunisia’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs submitted to parliament in mid-July a new draft law on the elimination of violence against women. Article 2 of the draft law extends to “all forms of gender-based violence directed against women by any...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Summary of the e-Discussion on Eliminating Discriminatory Laws and Closing Gender Gaps
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in decision...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Barack Obama: "This Is What a Feminist Looks Like"
President Barack Obama published an article on Glamour magazine, where he explains his views on feminism and women’s empowerment. There are a lot of tough aspects to being President. But there are some perks too. Meeting extraordinary people across...