Partner Updates

UN Women
November 9, 2022
Action kit: Engaging parliaments in gender responsive budgeting
This action kit is a practical tool for unpacking gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and engaging parliaments and parliamentarians in strengthening scrutiny and oversight of gender responsive budget formulation, execution, and evaluation. As a result of their interventions, the budget process can be...
Figures by the All-Women’s Action Society (Awam) and PantauPRU15 show that in the last general election, 7.3 million women made up 50.4 per cent of registered voters but only 251 out of 2,333 candidates were women. - NSTP file pic
November 7, 2022
Malaysia still far behind in women's political participation
MALAYSIA is viewed as progressive where gender equality and advancing women's rights are concerned. The government has supported women's empowerment and will continue to do so. Despite the progress, however, several issues and challenges exist, and data suggest disparities and shortfalls. Figures...
Preventing and responding to violence against women in politics and in parliaments (IPU logo)
November 7, 2022
Preventing and responding to violence against women in politics and in parliaments
The IPU, in cooperation with the National Assembly of Togo and the African Parliament Union is organizing an in-person regional Conference for African Parliaments in Lomé, from 29 November to 1 December 2022. The Conference will be an opportunity to examine in depth how violence against women in...
November 4, 2022
Data shows the need to redouble efforts to enhance women in leadership posts in South-East Asia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must redouble efforts to correct the slim representation of women in leadership posts across multiple sectors of society – or they will risk holding back the region’s full potential for COVID-19 pandemic recovery...
November 4, 2022
Women’s leadership in the ASEAN region
Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Community Vision 2025 of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). They are also key to fostering a more sustainable and inclusive region. Providing women with equal access to...
Representatives of UN entities signing the partnership agreement. Photo: UNAMI
November 3, 2022
UNDP, UN Women support women’s political participation in Iraq
Baghdad ( – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (UN Women) in Iraq signed on Monday a one million USD partnership agreement in Baghdad to support women’s political participation and representation in...
Mary Mariach and Christine Lemuya come from two tribes that have been involved in continual clashes in Kenya's ASAL (Arid and Semi-Arid Lands) regions where resources are scarce. Photo: UN Women/Luke Horswell
October 27, 2022
Kenyan women lead peace efforts in longstanding conflicts
Across Kenya, local conflicts driven by diverse factors have one thing in common: they’re increasingly being mediated by women. From ethnic tensions to land disputes, some of these conflicts stretch back decades; remaining unresolved despite the lasting instability and violence they create among...
New Zealand
October 27, 2022
New Zealand’s Parliament becomes majority female — "about blimmin’ time"
New Zealand made history — or herstory — this week as female lawmakers became the majority, narrowly outnumbering their male counterparts in Parliament for the first time. On Tuesday, Soraya Peke-Mason was sworn in as a lawmaker for the Labour Party, tipping the country’s legislative body to 60...
International IDEA
October 26, 2022
Women at the Nexus of Recovery and Reconstruction
The Mission of Canada to the European Union and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance will host a panel discussion Women at the Nexus of Recovery and Reconstructions – Driving Global Political Participation, on the occasion of a visit to Brussels by Ms. Jacqueline O’...