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SHAPING THE INTERNATIONAL AGENDA II: Progress on raising women’s voices in intergovernmental forums
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Shaping the International Agenda II: Progress on raising women’s voices in intergovernmental forums
Women’s full and equal participation in all decision-making processes is necessary to achieve gender equality and drive progress towards sustainable development. In 2017, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN...
Women’s groups welcome move, but say implementing it in time for Feb. 8 vote will be challenging
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Somali PM reserves 30% of parliament seats for women in upcoming poll
GAROWE, Somalia, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly a third of Somalia's parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a measure long demanded by women's rights campaigners in...
Deepening Stabilization in Libya: Overcoming Challenges to Young Women's Participation in Peace Building
Friday, January 15, 2021
Deepening Stabilization in Libya: Overcoming Challenges to Young Women's Participation in Peace Building
As Libya struggles with continued political conflict and economic turmoil amid the COVID-19 pandemic, young women who want to contribute to peacebuilding, political processes, and economic reconstruction face serious obstacles. Their marginalization...
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...
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Norway supports UN Women to advance Libyan women’s participation in peacebuilding and political processes
With generous support from the Government of Norway, UN Women will intensify its efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Libya at this critical juncture. The Government of Norway has contributed USD 570,000 to UN Women Libya to...
Senator Leila de Lima of the Philippines has been stuck in jail since 2017, after opening an investigation into the murders of thousands of alleged drug dealers and users under the Duterte administration. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Friday, January 08, 2021
For women in politics globally, the job can mean abuse, jail or death
In the early afternoon of May 13, 2020, Joana Mamombe, a member of parliament in Zimbabwe, was seized by security officers after she participated in a pop-up protest, demanding aid for the poor during the Covid pandemic. She and two other rights...
LAUNCH OF THE FIRST WOMEN LEADERS’ DIALOGUE IN CENTRAL ASIA
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Launch of the first women leaders’ dialogue in Central Asia
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- A prominent group of women leaders representing the Central Asian states and the United Nations launched a new platform, the Central Asian Women Leaders’ Caucus, today to support women in the region to attain a more...
Monday, December 14, 2020
Vietnam promotes women’s role in building peace
International delegates lauded Vietnam’s contributions to affirming women’s roles in building and sustaining peace while attending the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security held by the Foreign Ministry in partnership with the United...
Monday, December 14, 2020
Kuwait's new all-male parliament is a blow for women's rights
Although none of the 29 female candidates won a seat in Kuwait's elections they are far from stopping their efforts. But analysts fear calls for quotas and women's political leadership are falling on deaf ears. Less than a week after Kuwait's 4.8...
Monday, December 14, 2020
A wave of women just swept into power in the 'Country of Rapists'
When Elvia Barrios was named the first woman to be Peru’s top judge this month, she wasted no time in highlighting the twin evils undermining the country’s legal system - sexism and corruption. Noting the high number of magistrates convicted of...
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...
Friday, December 04, 2020
Equal in law and life: tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The existing women’s leadership gap in formal spaces must change. As Justice Ginsburg so often highlighted, women are underrepresented in leadership positions, whether in politics, the civil service, the justice system, in private companies or other...
Friday, December 04, 2020
Measuring inclusive decision making: Using administrative data to measure representation in the legislature, public service and the judiciary
The UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and Inter-Parliamentary Union are inviting data producers and users to a discussion on measuring inclusive decision-making in parliaments, public service and judiciary. How can we measure progress towards more...
Thursday, December 03, 2020
UAE enhances women's role in post-conflict reconstruction
UAE, in conjunction with Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, GIWPS, has launched a research report and a UN action plan to advance women’s participation in post-conflict reconstruction, following a year-long series of high-level...
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Interactive map of the latest cases of MPs in danger
MPs can sometimes be subject to human rights violations, ranging from arbitrary detention and exclusion from public life to even kidnapping and murder in the worst cases. The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its...
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Men's forum pushes for more women in politics
Men’s Forum on Gender is pushing for the enactment of electoral laws that compel political parties to implement the 50/50 gender representation in their structures before being allowed to contest in an election. Padare/Enkundleni is a men and boys’...
Monday, November 23, 2020
Eliminating Violence against women in politics: What works and what doesn’t?
Violence against women in politics is not only an intolerable violation of women’s human rights and civil rights but a fundamental challenge to democracy and sustainable development. The 2020 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against...
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Following election, Jordan sees drop in female lawmakers
Only 15 women make it into parliament thanks to quota system for minorities. The results of this week’s Jordanian parliamentary vote announced on Wednesday were disappointing for advocates of gender equality, as only 15 women were elected to the 130...

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