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Elected To Lead
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Elected to lead: A webinar on women and democracy
Sergio Lima / AFP / Getty Images
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Gender quotas fail to boost women in Latin American politics
Latin America’s first gender quota was supposed to increase women’s presence in politics. Thirty years later, that vision has stagnated. Three decades have passed since the first parliamentary gender quota was approved in Latin America, and women in...
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (foreground right) meets women leaders in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participation, and peaceful elections
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for...
Activists from All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) shout slogans demanding the passing of the Women's Reservation Bill near parliament house in 2011 in New Delhi [File: Raveendran/AFP]
Monday, September 13, 2021
India: 25 years on, Women’s Reservation Bill still not a reality
India ranks 148th in a list of 193 countries based on the percentage of elected women representatives in their national parliaments. New Delhi, India – “This is a special day in the history of our country…” These were the opening remarks of a debate...
Africa News
Thursday, September 02, 2021
Somalia campaigners step up efforts for more women representation in politics
A two-day forum in Somalia that brought together women, the youth, academics, women’s rights activists and political experts concluded deliberations on Wednesday with a call for 30 percent women quota in political representation to be guaranteed....
 Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security - Georgetown University
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Gender Quotas and Women’s Political Representation: Lessons from Morocco
In 2011, the Arab Spring precipitated fervent calls for democratic reforms, leading the Moroccan government to enact gender quotas that reserved seats for women in Parliament as well as regional, district, and communal councils. As a result of these...
iknow politics
Monday, July 26, 2021
Summary of the e-Discussion on Closing the Gender Gap in Politics
This e-Discussion raised awareness about the slow progress towards achieving full and equal participation of women in politics and gathered experiences and recommendations on how to best accelerate progress and close the gender gap in politics....
Somali women - UN Multimedia
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Half fees for all Somalia women vying in coming October elections
Somalia is halving the registration fees for women candidates to encourage more participation in the upcoming elections. Last week, the National Consultative Council, an organ created with representation from the Prime Minister and five federal...
IMPRI flyer
Thursday, June 17, 2021
#WebPolicyTalk: Political Participation of Women
Gender Impact Studies Center at IMPRI organized an IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk - The State of Gender Equality - #GenderGaps entitled “Political Participation of Women: Impact and the Way Forward” online on June 10, 2021.
Nigeria cannot afford the high cost of creating additional seats in its National Assembly. Sunday/Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images
Friday, June 11, 2021
Nigeria’s National Assembly: why adding seats for women isn’t enough
Nigeria has very few women participating in politics. Only seven out of 109 senators and 22 of the 360 House of Representatives members are women. And only four out of 36 deputy governors are women. The country has never had a woman state governor....
Protesters at a femicide protest in Zocalo, Mexico City, the day after International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 2019. (Wikimedia Commons)
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
“Parity in everything”: What Mexico can teach us about women’s representation
Mexico is the first country in the world to implement gender parity so thoroughly and effectively. The journey has not been easy—and is far from over. In 2018, women won half the seats in Mexico’s Congress. They then championed a groundbreaking...
A protest in Somalia. The country, which faced its worst political crisis in recent years after the failure to hold planned elections in February, will hold elections in 60 days. PHOTO | FILE
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Somalia election certain, now the focus is women seats, security
The political agreement signed in Somalia this past heralds not just a new democratic dawn but also one of equity and inclusivity by raising the quota of women in the formal political space to at least a third of the bicameral federal legislature....
Banner English
Monday, May 10, 2021
Closing the Gender Gap in Politics
Background More than 40 years after the entry into force of CEDAW and 26 years after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, progress around women’s full and equal political participation has stalled and gender balance...
Staff of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists ahead of the upcoming general elections, at the commission's local offices in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on April 6, 2021. - ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Palestinian women still underrepresented on electoral lists
Although the Palestinian electoral law has been amended to raise the quota for women's participation in the Palestinian elections from 20% to 26%, Palestinian women continue to be unfairly represented on electoral lists. RAMALLAH, West Bank —...
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen gives a statement outside the Prime Minister Residence in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, on Nov. 2020. (LISELOTTE SABROE/RITZAU SCANPIX/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Monday, April 19, 2021
Around the world, the greatest gender disparities are in politics
Some countries are better at promoting women’s representation in politics, suggesting social norms may create barriers. Even though the world was far from reaching gender parity before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the impact of COVID-19 on...
Why we need more women in parties in order to close the political gender gap with Tanushree Goyal
Friday, April 16, 2021
Why we need more women in parties in order to close the political gender gap with Tanushree Goyal
#WomenLead Conversations is a series of interviews with leading experts who help us better understand the world of women in politics. In this third conversation in the series, the speaker is Tanushree Goyal, Academy Scholar at Harvard University.
GZERO
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Can gender quotas counter sexism in Australian politics?
In recent months, Australians have grown accustomed to stories of sexual impropriety by their politicians dominating the news headlines. Instances of groping, rape, and even a man masturbating on a female colleague's desk at Parliament House have...
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Representation
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Representation
MONROVIA – Campaigns to increase women’s representation in political representation to 30 percent are picking up steam again in the country with Deputy Speaker J. Fonati Koffa promising to robustly advocate with his colleagues and support the Women...

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