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Cecilia Moyoviri Moye, the first indigenous Senator from the Department of Beni. Photo courtesy of Cecilia Moyoviri Moye
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
This is what leadership looks like: Meet Cecilia Moyoviri Moye, an indigenous woman Senator in Bolivia’s Legislative Assembly
After the November 2020 national elections, women make up 49 per cent of the Legislative Assembly of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, cementing its position as a forerunner on gender parity in politics. The participation of indigenous women and...
Elena Crasmari, local counselor in Dolna village, Moldova. Photo: UN Women/ Tara Milutis
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
This is what leadership looks like: Meet Elena Crasmari, the only woman in her local council in Moldova
Elena Crasmari decided to run for office so that the local administration could meet the needs of all members of her community. She won a local councillor seat, making her the only woman on a nine-person team, and one of six local councillors with a...
UN Women
Monday, March 08, 2021
Why we support women’s leadership
The data is clear. Despite women’s increased engagement in public decision-making roles, equality is far off: women hold about 21 percent of ministerial positions globally, only three countries have 50 percent or more women in parliament, and 22...
Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president as her husband, Doug Emhoff, looks on at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Alex Wong / Getty Images
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Kamala Harris became the first Black, South Asian VP with 'firsts' surrounding her
Harris, whose political career has included many barrier-breaking moments, was surrounded by firsts as she took the oath of office Wednesday. Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father — both immigrants — broke a nearly...
UN Women and UNV launch new Young Women Leaders Initiative
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
UN Women and UNV launch new Young Women Leaders Initiative
UN Women and UNV launch the new Young Women Leaders Initiative to create professional opportunities for leaders of tomorrow and further enhance diversity in UN Women. We invite 10 young women from the Global South to serve as UN Youth Volunteers at...
Monday, December 14, 2020
Why aren’t there even more women political leaders?
By Naomi Cahn, The 2020 election set numerous records with respect to women’s election to federal office:  the first woman – and the first woman of color — has been elected to national office as vice-president, a record number of women were elected...
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
More than 1,000 Black women urge Biden to choose more Black women for his Cabinet
(CNN) - More than 1,000 influential Black women on Monday signed an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, urging their transition team to consider -- and appoint -- more Black women to hold positions in...
Monday, December 07, 2020
COVID-19 and Elections: ensuring the electoral participation of persons with disabilities
UNDP and the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs are co-organizing a webinar to discuss and share some good practices on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in electoral...
McBride, a prominent LGBTQ advocate, easily won her race for a seat in the Delaware state Senate.
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Sarah McBride to become first transgender state senator in U.S. history
By Dan Avery Sarah McBride has won her Delaware state Senate race, poising her to become the first and only openly transgender state senator in the U.S. and the country's highest-ranking transgender official. "I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that...
Nanaia Mahuta, the new foreign minister, is one of eight women in the cabinet © Getty Images
Monday, November 02, 2020
Jacinda Ardern appoints most diverse cabinet in New Zealand history
Prime minister appoints Maori as first woman foreign minister and offers Greens two posts. Jacinda Ardern has appointed the most diverse cabinet in New Zealand’s history, with indigenous Maori ministers making up a quarter of its 20-strong members,...
Monday, October 26, 2020
A record number of indigenous women are running for office this year
A report from the Center for American Women and Politics states that, in 2020, 18 Native American women—nine Democrats and nine Republicans—will have run as congressional candidates. This is the largest number of Native American women who have run—...
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The history of indigenous women’s leadership
In the 2018 midterms, Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (KS-03) won their respective elections and became the first Native American women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Out of 18 total Native Americans who have served in the...
Monday, August 26, 2019
Summary of the e-Discussion on political participation of women with disabilities
The e-Discussion on political participation of women with disabilities was launched on 14 June 2019 in Arabic, English, French and Spanish and ended on 8 July 2019. Civil society advocates including representatives of organizations of persons with...
Monday, August 12, 2019
The Role of Political Parties in Promoting Women in Politics
Background In most countries, political parties are the primary and most effective structure through which women become politically engaged and get elected. Political parties’ practices, policies, and values can have a deep impact on women’s...
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Report of the OSCE/ODIHR Conference on Promoting the Political Participation of Women with Disabilities
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) organized the conference "Promoting the political participation of women with disabilities" in Vienna on 16 and 17 April 2018. The event was held as part of ODIHR’s project “Our...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Political Participation of Women with Disabilities
Background It is estimated that 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability and that prevalence is higher among women, as about 1 in 5 women 18 years and older live with one. The 12th session of the Conference of States Parties...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Participation of persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in political and public life: A side event at COSP12
The 12th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 11 to 13 June 2019. The genuine participation of all citizens in political processes is a cornerstone of democracy. The Convention...
Friday, May 17, 2019
Access to justice for women and girls with disabilities
Women and girls with disabilities, who make up almost one-fifth of the world’s population of women, face significant barriers to accessing justice, due to discrimination on the basis of both gender and disability, accessibility barriers to the...

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