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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Lack of gender equality in State’s decision-making (Ireland)
Women make up just one third of members of State boards and have been "consistently under-represented in economic portfolios," according to a report submitted to Cabinet on gender equality in decision-making roles. It says that the figures have...
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Politics still an exclusive and largely male pursuit, Fianna Fáil councillors say, Ireland
Politics will continue to be an exclusive and largely male pursuit until political parties take a serious look at a more representative system, two female councillors with a strong family background in Fianna Fáil have said. Rachel Doherty, daughter...
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Czech parties with few female candidates may lose subsidies
Political parties that have less than 30 percent female representation in their lists of candidates for the general and regional elections may get less money from the state per mandate gained, according to a draft amendment to the election law,...
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Ombudsman concerned over lack of women in politics (Georgia)
The Public Defender’s Office has expressed its concerns over the declining rate of women's participation in the country’s political life experiences and there is no progress observed on the horizon.  According to Ombudsmen Ucha Nanuashvili, the...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Geneva NGO FORUM - Beijing+20 UN ECE Regional Review
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva, and its partner organizations, will host an NGO Forum as part of the UNECE* Regional Review of Beijing+20 (Palais des Nations, Geneva - 6-7 Nov. 2014). This NGO Forum will examine the 12 critical...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Emily Benn: What I can offer British politics
Emily Benn, the 24 year-old granddaughter of the late Labour grandee Tony Benn, is poised to become the fifth generation of her family to sit in the Commons. In this article she explains why she's running. "It would of course be silly to suggest...
Monday, July 21, 2014
Lucy Powell-British Member of Parliament: We need to have even more women entering politics
Women in politics is high on the agenda this week after David Cameron's reshuffle which his own spin doctors rather unfortunately dubbed a ‘catwalk reshuffle’. More women ministers is a welcome development but with just half as many women in his...
Monday, July 21, 2014
We must protect the victims of FGM, says Theresa May
Theresa May has said it was "crucial" that the Government "do more" to end female genital mutilation as she announced a raft of changes to tackle the practice in Britain. The Home Secretary told the Girl Summit 2014 in London she had decided to...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Minister Věra Jourová nominated for Czech EU commissioner
The Czech coalition parties have nominated Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová as the country’s candidate for the European Commission. The Czech government hopes she could take over one of the economic portfolios in the commission. Ms Jourová...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Serbia improves position of women in politics
Women are taking an increasingly active role as decision-makers in Serbian politics, but some bloggers say more steps should be taken to ensure greater participation at the highest levels of government. While there were virtually no women in...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Report of the Fourth World Conference on Women
Beijing +20 is the process to assess the implementation by governments and other stakeholders of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. These Beijing outcome document...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gabrielle Bardall
Gabrielle Bardall is an academic and an electoral assistance expert with a decade of experience supporting electoral processes in transitional states. She has worked in more than 25 countries with international organizations including UNDP, UN Women...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Esther McVey: Glamorous female ministers will inspire young girls into politics
Watching glamorous women walk through the doors of No 10 will inspire a whole new generation of young girls to become politicians, Esther McVey has said. The jobs minister said that seeing new female ministers walk "the catwalk" of Downing Street...
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Women in parliament: Britain has ‘real problem’ with lack of female MPs as report and cabinet reshuffle put gender in the spotlight
With the role of women in British politics again coming under the spotlight this week, MPs and former ministers have warned that there is a “real problem” with the issue of gender in Westminster. David Cameron is expected to reveal a major Cabinet...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Helen Clark on Women's Political Empowerment
UNDP Administrator and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark talks about the challenges and the undeniable gains of empowering women to participate in politics at the highest levels.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Female Commissioners wrote Juncker a letter: nominate “at least ten female Commissioners”
Outgoing female Commissioners are “extremely concerned” for the possibility of women being under-represented in the next European Commission. This is why they wrote Juncker a letter for calling him to be committed into guaranteeing gender balance....
Monday, July 07, 2014
Grybauskaite discussed with the youth the reasons behind corruption
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite attended the opening ceremony of the Transparency International summer school against corruption and discussed with the youth about the reasons behind corruption and measures contributing to seek for greater...
Monday, July 07, 2014
Bringing HOPE to women's empowerment in the Balkans
On May 27, the National Democratic Institute hosted the 2014 HOPE Fellows for a presentation titled, “When Legislation is Not Enough: Addressing Gaps in Implementation of Kosovo’s Laws on Gender Equality.” Speaking directly to the topic of realizing...

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