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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley addresses COP26 (IPU)
July 27, 2022
Climate change action: These seven women MPs are leading the way
Research shows that female political leadership directs countries to adopt more robust climate change policies. Even though women globally are just 26.3 per cent of all parliamentarians, they are able to make a disproportionate impact. The IPU is committed to increasing the ranks of women MPs from...
»Coumba Diaw, Senegal« picture: UN Women/Assane Gueye licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
July 27, 2022
Gender agenda: The big conundrum in the general elections in Kenya and Senegal
In the months of July and August, Senegal and Kenya will hold their general elections. However, the big question remains: Where do Senegalese and Kenyan women stand on their quest to parliamentary mandates and political offices? Recent statistics from Afrobarometer, the number of women in politics...
Esther Passaris, women's representative for Nairobi for the Orange Democratic Movement, on the campaign trail in this undated picture. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Photo Courtesy: Esther Passaris
July 25, 2022
Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse
Women MPs like Esther Passaris face threats, slurs and body-shaming on social media ahead of Aug. 9 vote. Online abuse included sexual imagery and public shaming Some women candidates abandon social media due to abuse Social media platforms, authorities urged to crack down By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI...
International IDEA
July 21, 2022
Inclusion and gender equality in post-coup Myanmar
This brief explores inclusion strategies for constitutional and democratic reform in the post-coup context of Myanmar. It highlights the challenges to gender equality and inclusion in Myanmar, including the role and demands of the pro-democracy actors in Myanmar’s post-coup political landscape. It...
Not just sticks and stones: Psychological abuse and physical violence among U.S. state senators (Picture: Cambridge)
July 15, 2022
Not just sticks and stones: Psychological abuse and physical violence among U.S. state senators
In this study, we report results of a survey of U.S. state senators about their experiences  of psychological abuse, physical violence, and sexualized abuse and violence on the job, as well as gender differences among senators. Overall, our results indicate that more than 80% of state senators...
July 14, 2022
Advancing Women's Political Participation as a Tool to Enhance Gender Equality
On the occasion of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2022, the Government of Morocco in partnership with the Arab Women Organization (AWO) and UNDP will co-host an event on “Advancing Women's Political Participation as a Tool to Enhance Gender Equality,” featuring a...
Only 6% women active in Nigerian politics — Report (Vanguard)
July 14, 2022
Only 6% women active in Nigerian politics — Report
A report by the Gender Strategy Advancement International, GSAI, has disclosed that women political participation in Nigeria falls below the world and African continental  standards. According to the report, the national average of women’s political participation in Nigeria remain at 6.7 percent in...
Women and political power In Pakistan (Picture: the Friday Times)
July 13, 2022
Women and political power In Pakistan
"The next step is to move away from symbolic representation for women to have more female politicians in influential decision-making positions," writes Saad Hafiz. Developing countries are increasingly recognising that including women as equal partners in political, economic, and public life is...
International IDEA
July 11, 2022
Substantive equality and women’s representation in public institutions
This brief explores how constitutional advocates for women’s equality in Myanmar can advance women’s representation and meaningful participation in public decision-making and institutions. It looks at how different countries have aimed to do this through their constitutions, and what lessons can be...