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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen stands as European Council president Charles Michel, centre, and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan take seats in Ankara © via REUTERS
Monday, April 12, 2021
EU-Turkey in blame game over ‘sofagate’ after Ursula von der Leyen left standing
Dispute over protocol prompts charges of sexism at meeting in Ankara Turkey and Europe are trading blame over who left the European Commission chief on her feet, in a spat over protocol that has prompted charges of sexism and overshadowed a critical...
© Michael Reynolds/ AFP
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
From fundraising to the VP, why 2020 was a pivotal year for women in US politics
2020 was a milestone year for women in politics in the US. The country saw the highest numbers of women entering Congress and the executive in its history. Progress built on the midterm elections in 2018, and women now occupy 26.9 per cent of seats...
Photo: UNDP Bangladesh/Fahad Kaizer
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women
New York City – Men outnumber women three to one across COVID-19 government task forces around the world. Such disproportionate representation will hamper women’s recovery from the pandemic, according to new data released by the United Nations...
BBC Africa
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Tanzania: Reaction to Samia Suluhu Hassan as new president
Newly inaugurated Samia Suluhu Hassan who served as Tanzanian vice-president under President John Magufuli has declared 21 days of mourning for her predecessor. Click here to access the recording. Listen to Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Senior...
International IDEA
Monday, March 22, 2021
Africa: Women in Political Participation
Women in Political Participation- is a Pan-African gender project on the different facets of Women and Politics in Africa. Funded by Sida and implemented by International IDEA, its aim is to contribute to advancing the goal of gender equality in...
International IDEA
Monday, March 22, 2021
Press Release on the Women's Political Participation: Africa Barometer 2021
ADDIS ABABA— African countries are still far from achieving women's equal and effective participation in political decision-making. Women constitute only 24 per cent of the 12,113 parliamentarians in Africa, 25 per cent in the lower houses and 20...
International IDEA
Monday, March 22, 2021
Women’s Political Participation: Africa Barometer 2021
African countries are still far from achieving women’s equal and effective participation in political decision-making. Women constitute only 24 per cent of the 12,113 parliamentarians in Africa, 25 per cent in the lower houses, and 20 per cent in...
Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in at State House in Dar es Salaam (file image)
Friday, March 19, 2021
Tanzania swears in Samia Suluhu Hassan as first female president
Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as President of Tanzania, becoming the first female head of state in the east African country following the death of president John Magufuli. Ms Hassan, 61, was sworn in at State House in the country's...
International IDEA
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
CSW65 Side Event: Women’s Political Participation in Africa
International IDEA will be hosting a CSW65 side event under the ambit of the CSW gathering entitled Women’s Political Participation in Africa: Old Barriers, New Frontiers. This global event will mark the launch of the inaugural Women's Political...
OSCE
Thursday, March 11, 2021
On International Women’s Day, OSCE leaders call for strengthening women’s leadership to achieve peace and security for all
STOCKHOLM/VIENNA/WARSAW, 8 March 2021 – The role of women as leaders, particularly in peace building and conflict prevention, is essential to achieve prosperous and peaceful societies, and to guarantee the strength of our democracies, say OSCE...
ODIHR flyer
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Violence Against Women in Politics: Experiences and Ways Forward for Women Leaders
This high-level Side Event to the 65th Meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) will provide a platform for women politicians and leaders to discuss their experiences with harassment and violence in politics. It will also provide...
IPU President
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Statement by IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, on International Women's Day 2021
The IPU has been promoting gender equality for decades ever since the first woman parliamentarian took the floor at an IPU parliamentary event in 1922. On 8 March, 2021, International Women's Day, listen to IPU President, Mr. Duarte Pacheco, speak...
International IDEA
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Video message by International IDEA' Secretary-General on International Women's Day 2021
"Contributing to society on equal terms, with equal opportunities in theory and practice every day. That’s what democracy is all about." Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA shares a message for International Women’s Day.
Graphic via VectorMine/Shutterstock
Monday, March 08, 2021
Betting on Women’s Leadership for A Better Tomorrow in a Post COVID World
By Randi Davis, UNDP Resident Representative for Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, Aruba and Sint Maarten Port-of-Spain, 8 March 2021 – This year, International Women’s Day will shine the spotlight on women’s leadership and the need for gender equality...
Photo credit: Artram / shutterstock
Monday, March 08, 2021
Being a woman leader: the strengths, and the challenges and inspiration to overcome them
The theme of 2021 International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” We asked participants in the UNDP Enhancing Women’s Role in Politics and Decision-Making at the Subnational Level in Ukraine project...
International IDEA
Monday, March 08, 2021
Patriarchy: a non-monetary resource
The 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) commemoration is taking place in an unprecedented global context due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a “new normal” in relation to the various aspects of life, including changes...
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...
UN Women
Friday, March 05, 2021
CSW65 (2021)
The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the...

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