Partner Updates

July 1, 2020
When it comes to decision-making, women must move from the margins to the mainstream
Twenty-five years after the landmark Beijing women’s conference, politics remains overwhelmingly the domain of men. Today, women are not even a quarter of all elected politicians in the world. At this rate, it will take a century to close the gender gap in politics and more than two centuries for...
June 26, 2020
Sudanese women ready to ‘break taboos’ and run for office
Much has already changed for women since the protests: laws restricting freedom of dress, movement and work were repealed, and female genital mutilation was criminalized. The transitional constitution guarantees 40 per cent representation in the parliamentary body the Transitional Legislative...
June 26, 2020
A call to defend democracy
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the lives and the livelihoods of people throughout the world. It is also a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy. Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip....
June 25, 2020
To build back, women must be included in decision making
In December 2017 Bloomberg made headlines when it published a report that suggested inclusive teams made better decisions up to 87 percent of the time. The report also noted that having more inclusive decision-making led to swifter decisions. Recent newspaper articles have remarked that the...
June 24, 2020
Engaging women in post conflict economic and political decision-making; Lessons for responding to COVID-19
October 2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. One key area that forms part of these resolutions, notably in UNSCR 1889, but does not always receive the attention it merits, is the important role of women in political and economic...
June 22, 2020
UNDP Launches Webinar Series To Promote Parliamentary Innovation And Response During COVID-19
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji has launched a new webinar series, to highlight and promote parliamentary innovation and response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, some parliaments in Pacific island countries have...
June 19, 2020
“Women leaders around the world have demonstrated successful management of the pandemic”
Around the world, women are shining through as outstanding leaders as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates. From Germany to New Zealand and Denmark to Iceland, women leaders have shown clarity in their decisions and policies, they are compassionate, empathetic, strong communicators and they show...
June 19, 2020
Online regional dialogue: Women’s Leadership in the context of COVID-19 in the Arab States Region
UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with the Arab Women Parliamentarians' Network for Equality (Ra’edat) will host a regional Dialogue on women’s leadership in the Arab states region in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Taking place on Thursday 25 June from 10:00 AM to...
June 17, 2020
A Primer for Parliamentary Action: Gender-Sensitive Responses to COVID-19
This Primer highlights practical ways Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary staff can take action to ensure COVID-19 response and recovery decision-making address women’s needs. It is informed by the differential impacts of the disease on women as documented to date, and the common needs...