Constitution and Legislative Reform

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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...
Yulia Tymoshenko ex Prime Minister of Ukraine
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Study: Women in Ukrainian parliament give more speeches, propose more laws than men
Female members of parliament -- a distinct minority -- are more active about introducing legislation than their male counterparts, according to the civil network OPORA. To view the full article published on 6th February 2015, please click here.
Women in Libya
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace launches a Charter of Libyan Women’s Constitutional Rights
After a series of workshops and consultations on the constitution, held beginning in 2013, the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) launches a Charter of Libyan Women’s Constitutional Rights. The LWPP has been working on building consensus about...
Women in Libya
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Charter of Libyan Women's constitutional rights
Although Libyan women compose half of the population and were at the forefront of the February 17th revolution, among the tragedies of the transition period has been the severe blow to women’s rights. This has included previously unparalleled crimes...
Monday, December 22, 2014
Saudi Activists: Fighting for Women’s Rights
This blog was published on 22 December 2014 and updated by the author on 5 October 2018. By Halima Tahirkheli The United Nations 2010 Human Development Report has ranked Saudi Arabia as 128th of the 138 nations in terms of gender equality (...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
EU gender equality legislation key to breaking the glass ceiling
As European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, I am strongly committed to advancing equal opportunities for men and women in the EU. The proposed directive on women on corporate boards is one of my main priorities for gender...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Violence against women and exclusion from public life, Egypt
  Campaigns to end violence against women in Egypt often focus on sexual harassment, though violence also extends to exclusion and stereotyping in political life.  Every year, the world joins in a worldwide and national campaign between 25 November...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The role of the electoral management system in Namibia
This case study outlines the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s (ECN) efforts to take gender in electoral processes into account in its electoral legal reform consultations that took place between 2011 and 2014. The ECN completed its nation-wide...
Friday, November 07, 2014
The Most Female Congress Ever Will Be Terrible for Women
For the first time, Congress will have 100 women in office, thanks to Tuesday’s midterm elections. And of the three state-based initiatives that would have restricted women’s access to abortion, two—the “personhood” measures in Colorado and North...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Plea for Enforcement of Law Relating to Fight Violence Against Women, Algeria
Participants in the first International Women's Congress "For a Culture of Peace" called, Tuesday in Oran, for the enforcement of the law to fight violence against women. The bills "must be accompanied by enforcement mechanisms" allowing the fight...
Friday, October 31, 2014
The Unfinished Agenda: New England Women's Policy Conference
  Register Now!   Friday, November 7, 2014 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA Join women and men from across the...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Inspirational US policy wins prestigious international prize on ending violence against women
Future Policy Award 2014: Duluth Model is world’s best policy / Exemplary laws from Burkina Faso and Austria win Silver / Vision Award goes to Istanbul Convention Hamburg/Geneva/New York – 14 October 2014: The “Coordinated...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tunisia’s 2014 Parliamentary Elections: A Human Rights Agenda
Tunisian laws protect women’s equality more than the laws of most other countries of the Arab world. The law on personal status, promulgated in 1956 by then-President Habib Bourguiba, greatly reduced gender inequality in many facets of family life,...
Friday, September 05, 2014
Judges unfamiliar with international legal norms concerning women’s rights: Colombia’s former minister of justice
“Given that Colombia has subscribed to various international instruments that guarantee the protection of women, affirmative action (…) we are very far from reality because there exist no means to materialize everything that is outlined in the...

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