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Monday, December 22, 2014
Saudi Activists: Fighting for Women’s Rights
This blog was published on 22 December 2014 and updated by the author on 5 October 2018. By Halima Tahirkheli The United Nations 2010 Human Development Report has ranked Saudi Arabia as 128th of the 138 nations in terms of gender equality (...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Violence against women and exclusion from public life, Egypt
  Campaigns to end violence against women in Egypt often focus on sexual harassment, though violence also extends to exclusion and stereotyping in political life.  Every year, the world joins in a worldwide and national campaign between 25 November...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Politically Correct Means Not Ignoring Women
Calling something “politically correct” is usually a way of dismissing it. When a woman calls out sexism, for example, an exasperating response is to call her a “p.c. liberal feminist.” Instead of addressing the alleged sexism, it suggests her...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Saudi Women Hope For Greater Rights In 2015
Saudi Arabian women’s headline-grabbing 2011 driving protests were a seminal moment for women’s rights in this ultraconservative Muslim country. Next year, they’ll finally get to taste the fruits of that activism — though not quite in the way they...
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Gender quotas in single-member district electoral systems
Conventional knowledge on the effectiveness of gender quotas for enhancing women’s political participation has, to date, been unanimous on the superiority of quotas in proportional representation (PR) systems. Yet this view overlooks the many...
Sit down Hind
Friday, December 05, 2014
The political gender spat that sparked endless memes in Jordan
The Jordanian parliament is no stranger to screaming matches but a recent incident was so controversial that it provoked people to poke fun at their MPs online. Earlier this week, during a heated argument over the Muslim Brotherhood, independent MP...
Monday, December 01, 2014
Three women win in municipal elections, Bahrain
Three women were among the 30 Bahrainis who became councillors after the results of the municipal elections held over two rounds were announced. Fatima Al Qatari carried the First Constituency in the Northern Governorate, Budoor Bin Rajab won in...
Kalthoum Kennou
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Woman Running for President Shows Tunisia’s Arab Spring Progress
In a life spanning colonial rule, war, autocracy and revolution, Tunis resident Halima never saw a reason to vote. A chance meeting in a souk earlier this month gave her one. She was introduced to Kalthoum Kannou, who has three children, a long...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Do women make political parties more successful?
  The ideology and internal organization of political parties affect how different societal needs, interests and social demands are represented. Some parties have been great advocates of gender equality and promoting women in their candidate lists...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Arab women making slow strides
Arab women are increasingly present in public life, contrary to widespread misconceptions about the region. This is at least what  Youssef Courbage, research director at the French National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), contends. The...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Plea for Enforcement of Law Relating to Fight Violence Against Women, Algeria
Participants in the first International Women's Congress "For a Culture of Peace" called, Tuesday in Oran, for the enforcement of the law to fight violence against women. The bills "must be accompanied by enforcement mechanisms" allowing the fight...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Our forgotten allies against Islamic State: Iraqi and Syrian women
Women and girls living in Syria and Iraq have been subject to gross sexual violence, economic strife and the psychological trauma of a war that, to them, seems endless. But women in these countries are not just victims of violence, they are also...
Friday, October 31, 2014
The Unfinished Agenda: New England Women's Policy Conference
  Register Now!   Friday, November 7, 2014 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA Join women and men from across the...
Monday, October 27, 2014
Beyond the Surface: The Saudi Women Political Question
By Hala Alwagdani, In the beginning of 2013, King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia announced in a royal decree the appointment of 30 Saudi females in the Saudi Consultative Council. This has been only one of the steps in King Abdullah’s...
Monday, October 27, 2014
Translating Women’s Participation in Politics into Critical Actions and Influence
As a South-South forum, the Inter-Regional Seminar on Women’s Political Empowerment, with the theme Translating Women’s Participation in Politics into  Critical Actions and Influence, brought together representatives of 36 parliaments from across...
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Beyond the Surface: The Saudi Women Political Question
By Hala Alwagdani, In the beginning of 2013, King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia announced in a royal decree the appointment of 30 Saudi females in the Saudi Consultative Council. This has been only one of the steps in King Abdullah’s...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Few women on Tunisian parliamentary poll lists
Tunisia, despite being the most advanced Arab nation in terms of women's rights, is still fare from adhering fully to the principles enshrined in the January 2014 Constitution and from abiding by the ratification of international treaties in daily...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
From barrier to enabler: how politics can help girls live up to their potential
Malala Yousefzai is the youngest Nobel laureate. Her prize is inspiring – it recognises her bravery and the importance of girls’ education.  But Yousefzai’s story includes violence that cannot be understood without awareness of the politics of weak...

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