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Annastacia Palaszczuk-Photo /Official Website
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A day of firsts for women in politics, and one in particular
It’s a historic day for politics and women in Australia – and even more remarkable for one woman minister, who is also Queensland’s first ever Indigenous woman MP. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cabinet marks an Australian first, with a majority of...
She ran She won
Thursday, February 12, 2015
She ran she won: identifying and overcoming obstacles to getting elected to parliament
iKNOW Politics has compiled video testimonies from women parliamentarians from all over the globe to create this video on identifying and overcoming obstacles that women women face when seeking election to parliament.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Resident Director for Women's Political Participation Programs: Afghanistan
 The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking to hire a Resident Director for Women’s Political Participation to assist with its electoral support and political development programs in Afghanistan.  The Director will be based in Kabul,...
Friday, December 26, 2014
Malala Yousafzai for Prime Minister
The 16 December Peshawar school attack was the deadliest of its kind in Pakistan’s history. Pakistan, a protector, incubator and financier of terrorism lost 145 of its citizens, 132 of them children, in a mere 15 minutes of carnage perpetrated by...
Kelly O'Dwyer: "There are lots of very good female colleagues of mine who are ripe for promotion."
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Women in cabinet: Prime Minister doubles women's cabinet representation to two
It must have been awkward, all this time, commencing cabinet meetings with the greeting: "Good morning, Lady and gentlemen". Now the Prime Minister has doubled his number of female ministers, from one to two, he can amend his opening line to reflect...
Monday, December 15, 2014
Vietnam urges more women to enter politics
Vietnam's National Assembly chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said promoting gender equality in the political area will create more opportunities for women, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports.Tong highlighted gender equality as a fundamental human right and...
Monday, December 15, 2014
There is social resistance to women entering politics, says Banuo Jamir, India
The first woman Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Banuo Z. Jamir, now retired from service, has pointed out that men, including in Nagaland have today broken into professions which were generally regarded to be ‘female’ bastions such as world renowned...
Monday, December 15, 2014
The day Australian women got to vote
One hundred and eleven years ago today, December 16, 1903, was the day Australians elected their second Federal Parliament and the first day all non-indigenous women of voting age in Victoria and around the nation had an equal say in who represented...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Interview with Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai's Message to Women Alicia Menendez and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai discuss why women need to get involved in politics and why politics should invest in women. To watch the video please click here
Friday, December 12, 2014
Book launch: Political ‘barriers to entry’ for women highlighted
South Asian writers avoid writing on gender issues, but Dr Anita Weiss rightly explained the political paths of domestic powers in South Asian countries and identified the power distribution, political priorities, identity and women empowerment...
Friday, December 12, 2014
A Rare Duel in Japan Vote as Abe Seeks to Keep Female Lawmakers
Megumi Kaneko stood on a podium in front of a poster of herself and dissolved into tears as she urged the mostly-male audience to pick her in this weekend’s Japanese election. In the male-dominated world of Japanese politics, the 36-year-old beauty...
Najiba Ahmadi
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Najiba Ahmadi: The quiet revolutionary working to end violence against Afghan women
Najiba Ahmadi is quiet and unassuming – mild-mannered even. She is far from your typical revolutionary. Last week, Ms Ahmadi was among the suited government officials gathered in Britain to discuss Afghanistan’s future. For the past five years she...
Women in Leadership in Fiji
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership
In the 2014 Fiji general election, 14% of elected parliamentarians were women. This percentage represents the largest proportion of women in Fiji’s parliament since independence in 1970. However, it also shows that Fiji is still a long way from...
Shukria Barakzai
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Voices of strong Afghan women must not be extinguished
Geneva, 17 November 2014 The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has today condemned the attack on Afghan woman MP Shukria Barakzai on 16th November and once again urged authorities in the country to do more to ensure the voices of women political...
Women in Leadership in Fiji
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
What do women and men in Fiji think about women in politics? New insights on where change is happening
A new report on Public perceptions of women in leadership, released in Suva on 5 November, provides a window onto changing community attitudes about the role of women in political leadership in Fiji. The research also provides insight into the views...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Aung San Suu Kyi and the Violent Politics of Peace
Two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize will meet this week in Myanmar. One, President Barack Obama, is often criticized for his use of force and violence from Guantanamo Bay to the Middle East. The other, Aung San Suu Kyi, is celebrated as a human...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Fatemeh Rahbar
Fatemeh Rahbar, Member of Parliament in Iran speaks to iKNOW politics about campaigning and election to parliament as a woman in her country.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Can women wage war?
By Ashwath Komath, It is a very common stereotype in the world, especially in politics, that women cannot be strong and cannot handle ministries of defence or foreign affairs because at times they involve the element of violence in them. It is the...