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Monday, August 17, 2020
Barriers to women’s political participation In South Asia: Money, muscle & misogyny
“What according to you is the biggest barrier to women’s political participation ?” To this question, 68 percent participants voted patriarchy as the biggest barrier for women’s political participation. But surprisingly...
Monday, 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...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
We need more women in politics. Here’s how you can help
By Kendra Seeley, The New York Times recently wrote an article about how Republican women are in crisis due to the lack of women in elected office. The article goes on to name several reasons why Republican women have...
Monday, January 27, 2020
Women human rights defenders: Insights from the struggle
Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) have long played a central role in the advancement of human rights. In the fight against impunity and repression, WHRDs have been among one of the most vocal in calling for human...
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Women’s freedom from violence, participation in politics and economic empowerment are the Asia-Pacific’s next challenges
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Great strides have been taken to empower women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing adopted an ambitious global agenda to achieve...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Elections in 2019 in Asian countries: A game-changer for women or not?
How do women in elections stand to gain in terms of power sharing? What are the takeaways for them? The long election season in India is finally over. No, not India alone, but a few more countries in the Asian...
Monday, November 26, 2018
Women representation in parliaments in Asia
NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ANN) - Philippines and Nepal has the highest percentage of parliamentary seats held by women. Womens’ representation in the political structure has always been a waxing issue for the Asian countries...
Friday, July 27, 2018
South Asia: Parliamentarians need to step it up for gender equality
“STEP IT UP for gender equality” was one among the many commitments renewed at the South Asian Speakers Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation, convened by the International Parliamentary Union (...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Why are Asia’s women politicians facing a backlash?
By Shan-Jan Sarah Liu, In the global struggle to get more women into high political office, one of the more hopeful fronts is Asia. Taiwan recently celebrated two years of its first female president, Tsai Ing-Wen, and...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Pacific Islands Forum leader plans more effort to help women as leaders
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders.  The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role finishes in December, says...
Thursday, February 09, 2017
The voices are different - Pacific women in politics
"Women don't vote for women" Niki Rattle says, the flower tucked into her bun, burning orange against the blend of grey and brown of her hair. "Culturally, women don't vote for women because they're supporting the men...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Arjun Bahadur Thapa
Contributor Uday Nagaraju met in Nepal His Excellency Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General of SAARC, and discussed SAARC’s objectives, achievements and goals in gender equality and women’s empowerment. The South...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Temporary Special Measures to Increase Women's Political Participation in the Pacific
The story of women’s political empowerment in the Pacific continues to be one of struggle and hardship. Commitments have been made by Pacific Leaders to facilitate women’s entry into politics. While some countries have...
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Call for Applications by the South Asia Women’s Fund
South Asia Women’s Fund is committed to supporting women’s organizations and activists working towards realizing women’s human rights in the South Asian region. Through its grant making portfolios, SAWF provides access...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
History made in Taiwan: two women candidates compete in 2016 presidential campaign
Taiwan’s top two political parties have each nominated a woman to run in the 2016 presidential election. With Tsai Ing-Wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Hung Hsiu-chu of the Chinese Nationalist Party (...
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Nominations for the 2015 N-Peace Awards are now open!
The N-Peace Awards are an annual celebration of women who are building peace and preventing conflict in six Asian countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines. The awards also...
Monday, February 16, 2015
Make It Happen-International Women's day 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in politics? Mary Rose Gurrea (Philippines) answers.
Women in rural India
Monday, February 16, 2015
Participation of Rural Women in Local Self-Government in India
By Gargi Sharma, The 73rd amendment to the Constitution of India in 1992 prescribes rules for elections at the lowest level, the third tier of government called local self-government. The idea behind these provisions is...

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