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Youth in parliament
Friday, October 03, 2014
The first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians
The first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians will bring together young members of parliaments, youth leaders from other walks of life and experts from across the world in a bid to “take democracy to task”. The Conference will focus on...
Friday, October 03, 2014
Youth participation in the democratic process: Resolution adopted by consensus by the 122nd IPU Assembly
The 122nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Emphasizing the need to prevent and counter all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on age, in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the Universal...
Beyond revolution in the Arab states
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Why didn't the Arab Spring translate to political rights for women in the Middle East?
By - Ashwath Komath   The Arab Spring was a complete game-changer in the Middle East and the world in general. Apart from being a political movement all over the Arab world, it was also a revolution in terms of culture and social values. What is...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Why didn't the Arab Spring translate to political rights for women in the Middle East?
By - Ashwath Komath   The Arab Spring was a complete game-changer in the Middle East and the world in general. Apart from being a political movement all over the Arab world, it was also a revolution in terms of culture and social values. What is...
Yanar Mohammed
Monday, September 15, 2014
Yanar Mohammed
Interview by Lucile Huguet.  You were in Canada, in 2003, and yet you decided to go back to Iraq to create the organization, can you comment on that?             Yes, I came back to Bagdad where I met other women with whom I decided to create the...
Friday, September 12, 2014
Women in Government
This wonderful infographic summarizes all the relevant data on women in all branches of government as well as legislation in place for women's political participation from around the world.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Women mayors, women elected as head of villages, towns and cities
While women have made great strides in politics, there are still some glass ceilings to be shattered among these are women’s access to local offices and particularly their election as mayors. The first woman mayor recorded is believed to be Susanna...
Political participation of youth
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Summary of E-Discussion “Can young people break the socio-cultural and institutional barriers for women in politics?”
Summary of E-Discussion “Can young people break the socio-cultural and institutional barriers for women in politics?”     iKNOW Politics hosted a discussion on the political participation of youth and their capacity to empower women during the...
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
It’s the Family, Stupid? Not Quite...How Traditional Gender Roles Do Not Affect Women’s Political Ambition
Following Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy announcement in April of 2014, media outlets speculated whether the future grandchild to Hillary Clinton would impact her potential presidential campaign in 2016. In this research paper, Jennifer Lawless...
Political finance handbook
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns: A Handbook on Political Finance
All political parties need funding to play their part in the political process, yet the role of money in politics is arguably the biggest threat to democracy today. This global threat knows no boundaries, evident across all continents from huge...
Yemeni Women
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Yemeni women fight for greater representation
Photo-Al Jazeera After years of activism, Amal Basha's demands for guarantees of greater representation for women in the political system has finally edged closer to reality. "Women have been fighting for it for a long time," said the prominent...
A platform for change-Mentoring-Cherie Blair Foundation
Friday, August 29, 2014
Summary of E-discussion on mentorship programs to support candidates and elected female MPs beyond training and study tours
  Summary of E-discussion on mentorship programs to support candidates and elected female MPs beyond training and study tours   iKNOW Politics hosted a discussion on mentorship programs for women candidates and Members of Parliament during the...
Maissan Hassan
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Maissan Hassan
Maissan Hassan is the Programs Manager at the Women and Memory Forum;a nongovernmental research centre in Egypt that focuses on gender issues in Arab cultural history. She is an adviser in the MENA Region for FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund and a co...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Constitution-making and Reform: Options for the Process
To consolidate peace after war is a long-term process; to consolidate democracy is an evenlonger one. There are no quick fixes. Ultimately, consolidating peace in any country dependson the people of that country. They alone must determine the path...
Asia Yaghi-I am a Human Society
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Jordanian initiative seeks political participation of women with disabilities
Photo-I ama Huam Society Reinforcing the political participation of women with disabilities is the goal of a new initiative launched by the "I am a Human Society", which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. The "I am a Woman... Half...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Presentation Tunisian Women: Political role, Gains and Challenges
Prepared and presented by Basma Soudani Belhadj (President  and founder of League of Tunisian Women Voters LET) and Najla Abbes  (board member and co-founder of LET): An overview of women's political participation after the 2011 revolution in...
The growing role of Jordanian servicewomen
Monday, August 11, 2014
The growing role of Jordanian servicewomen
Jordan´s Military Women’s 10-year Strategy set out in 2006 has brought improved conditions and entitlements for women and expanded their integration within the country’s armed forces. However, challenges remain.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Women in Politics - Beyond Numbers
Following David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle, the UK government has moved from having three women in the cabinet to five: and these two new members are working mothers, a presence not there before. This still fails to improve the overall gender...

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