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Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (left) and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Simonyte (right) have both appointed gender-balanced cabinets.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Balkan Blog: Women's political representation or real political power?
Central and Southeast Europe now accounts for a third of the tiny number of states worldwide that have gender-balanced cabinets — but higher female representation in politics doesn’t necessarily equate to women holding real power. Two more Central...
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Gender equality laws around the world - what can parliaments do?
Watch the third in a series of short videos on the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality. This video on legislation for gender equality looks at how countries can achieve full gender equality, something that none of them have done until...
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Female leaders say sexism, threats come with the job
Local female leaders in Norman and Oklahoma City have been subject to threats, harassment and sexism in recent months. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with urgent calls for racial justice have stirred a new group of vocal critics, with their anger...
Friday, August 14, 2020
Katarzyna Lubnauer
Katarzyna Lubnauer is a Member of Parliament from Poland. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Georgia takes on male-dominated parliament with gender quotas
Georgia’s parliament is currently nearly 90 percent male. But a newly adopted gender quota will boost the number of women members of parliament up to at least 20 percent this year and more in the future. Local assemblies will have an even higher...
Friday, July 24, 2020
100 years on, politics is where the U.S. lags most on gender equality
A century on from women winning the right to vote in the U.S., our nation has made huge progress on many fronts. But plenty more is needed—and above all in the political sphere. The U.S. compares badly to most other countries in the world in terms...
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Taking stock of progress on gender equality using the global state of democracy indices
Since 1995, the world has made important strides in advancing gender equality. The increase in female representation in parliaments across the globe has been driving these advances, although there has been some progress on other indicators used to...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Resources on Gender-sensitive Responses to COVID-19
As the impact of COVID-19 intensifies globally, we have curated a selection of resources and information on gender-sensitive responses and women’s leadership in times of pandemic. You will find a list of relevant resolutions, useful tools, virtual...
Friday, March 06, 2020
Nine out of 10 people found to be biased against women
Almost 90% of people are biased against women, according to a new index that highlights the “shocking” extent of the global backlash towards gender equality. Despite progress in closing the equality gap, 91% of men and 86% of women hold at least one...
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Most Indian women still have no freedom to get involved in politics
Female voters may be coming out in never-seen-before numbers in India, but politics is still not a burning passion for most. Two in every three women reported having no freedom at all with respect to political participation, a recent study by...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Following on from the IPU’s groundbreaking work on violence against women in politics, a parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament will examine strategies to end sexist harassment and gender-based violence in parliament. A workshop on quotas...
Monday, September 23, 2019
Side Event 74th UNGA: Renewing commitments towards enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa
The Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) recently launched a new Strategic Plan for 2019-2023, with the advancement of the rights of girls and women in Africa at its core. Since 2012, African First Ladies have increasingly...
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
To accelerate gender equality, UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians
(Tokyo, 27 June)—In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence, politics, and gender
This article presents a conceptual orientation to the intersection of gender, politics, and violence. The first part of the article will introduce the subject by reviewing the primary conceptual framework and empirical knowledge on the topic to date...
Friday, May 31, 2019
Between glass ceilings and glass walls: A study of women's participation in public administration in the Arab States
Inclusive decision-making is necessary in terms of both legitimacy and good policy outcomes. Recognizing this, closing persistent gender gaps in public life has emerged as a critical policy issue as countries increase their efforts to foster...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Might greater gender equality in senior roles help reduce corruption in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine?
Based on the definitions of “corruption” adopted by major international institutions and of “women in power” adopted by the United Nations, this note focuses on whether a larger number of women in power positions in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Suwannee Sirivejchapun
Suwannee Sirivejchapun is a Member of Parliament of Thailand. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Survey: When should a woman have children if she’s thinking about running for office?
By Ruth Igielnik and Kim Parker, As moms across the United States celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, five of the six women vying for the Democratic residential nomination are themselves mothers. These women, all seeking the same high political...

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