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chilling effect event
Tuesday, December 07, 2021
The chilling effect: hate, misogyny and the digital information disorder
Although the digital space continues to extend the promise of extraordinary opportunities for expanding the voice and agency of women, girls and marginalized groups, it has fallen short of our ideals. It has enabled the transfer to the online space...
Event 100 years of Canadian House of Commons
Monday, December 06, 2021
100th anniversary of the first woman being elected to the Canadian House of Commons
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the first woman being elected to the House of Commons. Join this event on December 7 to commemorate a century of women breaking parliamentary glass ceilings. Get a chance to hear from groundbreaking women who...
Stella Creasy speaking in parliament in September with her newborn son. Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty Images - The Guardian
Friday, December 03, 2021
Here’s why my baby was banned from parliament and why we must all fight this
By Stella Creasy Any parent of a newborn knows it’s hard to stay awake, let alone focus on anything else. Maternity leave matters – it’s good for our health, our children and our economy. It is a peculiarity of our legislature that as an MP, I don’t...
Webinar on women's political leadership - Global Democracy Coalition Forum
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Webinar on women's political leadership
As part of the Global Democracy Coalition Forum ahead of the Summit for Democracy, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Demo Finland are organizing a webinar to bring attention to the critical role of women´s political leadership in...
Former political staffer Brittany Higgins inspired others to come forward with allegations - Getty Images/BBC
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Australian parliament: one in three workers sexually harassed, says report
A third of employees in Australia's federal parliament have been sexually harassed, a landmark report has found. The report was commissioned after a former staffer, Brittany Higgins, said she had been raped by a colleague in a minister's office....
EU leaders pose during a group photo at an EU summit in Brussels, Oct. 21, 2021/Copyright  AP Photo/Olivier Matthys
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Women in power: How many European countries have female leaders?
Magdalena Andersson has become Sweden's first female prime minister. But she is among the minority: there are just five other women leading their countries in the European Union: Finland's Sanna Marin; Estonia's Kaja Kallas; Lithuania's Ingrida...
Mrs. Roselyn Dorsett-Horton (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Gender and family affairs hosts Women United in politics forum
Present and former female Parliamentarians (House of Assembly and the Senate) from across the political spectrum, leaders of female Non-Governmental Organizations and advocacy groups – including representatives from the community of persons with...
Xiomara Castro - Getty Images/BBC
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Xiomara Castro Edges Closer to Honduran Presidency as Opponent Concedes
Fears that another bitterly disputed presidential election might plunge Honduras back into chaos and violence eased on Tuesday night when the governing party conceded defeat to the opposition candidate. With that, it appeared that Honduras may not...
MPs voted again to elect Swedish Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson on Monday - Reuters/BBC
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Magdalena Andersson: Sweden's first female PM returns after resignation
Sweden's first female prime minister has been reappointed to the top job after political turmoil forced her to resign within hours of taking the post last week. MPs backed Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson by a narrow margin in a...
The Lower House of the Parliament has only 75 parliamentarians as women and the Upper House has only 25 women parliamentarians/ youthkiawaaz
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
“Man’ocracy, not democracy”: the lack of women’s representation in Indian politics
By Aryan Verma The question of representation has been a crucial issue in today’s era, specifically, the representation of women, LGBTQ+, tribal and minorities are being demanded more not just for visibility but for empowerment and dignity. With an...
Culture Minister Haifa Najjar speaks during the launch of a field study implemented by the Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality on Sunday (Petra photo/Jordan Times)
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Jordan has ‘crystal-clear’ decision to support women’s political participation
Jordan has a “crystal-clear” political decision to support women’s participation in political life, notably their representation in Parliament, Culture Minister Haifa Najjar said on Sunday. During the launch of a field study implemented by the Arab...
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Pakistan: women in parliament
By Dr Naazir Mahmood It was a good experience to conduct a session with some women parliamentarians in Islamabad in the last week of October. Most of these representatives of the people were first-time parliamentarians, but their immense desire to...
UN Women Dialogue forum UA
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Dialogue forum on young women’s participation in politics & decision-making in African Union member states: from policy to action
UN Women will convene a continental multi-stakeholder policy dialogue platform on 30 November 2021 on the state of young women’s participation in politics and decision-making processes in Africa, promising practices, challenges and opportunities....
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, foreground right, meets women leaders in Mogadishu (file photo/allAfrica)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Somalia: electoral agency pushes for more women in parliament
Somalia's federal electoral agency is urging all regional polls supervisors to ensure that at least 30 percent of seats in the Lower House go to women. In a letter to state electoral teams, the federal agency also published a table showing the...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern//IPU
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Women in politics in New Zealand: here’s what they are doing right
New Zealand was the first country in the world where women won the right to vote and it’s now a leader for gender parity in politics. Following the October 2020 elections, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern leads the most diverse government in...
President-elect Dame Sandra Mason (L) on the eve of her inauguration as Barbados becomes a republic Randy Brooks AFP - France 24
Monday, November 29, 2021
Replacing the queen: Barbados's first president, Sandra Mason
Dame Sandra Mason was the first woman admitted to the bar in Barbados -- and her place in the nation's history was cemented when she was elected as the country's first president. Her rise to become head of state of the Caribbean island, replacing...
Women MP’s of Sri Lanka parliament call for action to prevent verbal harassment from male colleagues  (Photo by Joakim Honkasalo on Unsplash)
Monday, November 29, 2021
Women MP’s of Sri Lanka parliament call for action to prevent verbal harassment from male colleagues
Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus (WPC) in Sri Lanka parliament, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control has written to the Speaker of Parliament to take steps to...
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art (Annick Kamgang/IPU)
Monday, November 29, 2021
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art
In light of the significance of the recent report, Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, the IPU commissioned a talented artist to help visually portray the extent of this scourge in legislatures across the...

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