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Thursday, July 17, 2014
30 trained to contest elections
THIRTY Bahraini women are being trained to contest the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections. The four-phase programme, organised by the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), focuses on skills training, political empowerment of women, knowledge...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Nine women to fight election, Bahrain
Nine Bahraini women have confirmed their candidacy for the upcoming parliament and municipal council elections. However, they said they will reveal their election campaigns closer to the polls, which are expected to take place in November. Six women...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gender-Specific Election Violence: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies
The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women’s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently...
Friday, July 11, 2014
This young girl is leading a revolution—via YouTube, 6,000 miles from home
In the U.S., the term “hashtag activism” is usually uttered with a kind of derisive sneer, the implication being that social media can’t be used to effect any kind of “real” change. But in Syria, sites like Twitter and Facebook are an integral part...
Friday, July 11, 2014
This young girl is leading a revolution—via YouTube, 6,000 miles from home
As a 22-year-old still living at home with her family in Chicago, college student Ala’a Basatneh doesn’t seem like a typical revolutionary.  Born in Syria, Basatneh moved to the U.S. at a young age and grew up as an ordinary suburban teenager. But...
Friday, July 11, 2014
Algeria appoints four female army generals
Algeria has appointed three women army Generals, therefore becoming the Arab country with the biggest number of high-ranking female army commanders, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Tuesday. The nomination of the three generals, whose names were...
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
Women in Power and Decision-making
Women are often dynamic leaders of change, galvanizing women and men to get involved, claim their rights, strengthen their communities and protect their planet. Their participation is fundamental to democratic governance. Yet women still have far to...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Why women matter for peace
"It is now more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in modern wars." These are not the words of a woman who has faced the violence and ferocity of conflict, but words of Major General Patrick Cammaert, who served as the Deputy Force...
Marta Vieira da Silva, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Sunday, July 06, 2014
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva Plays for Gender Equality
Marta knows what it is like to be the only woman on the team. In 2007, Marta Vieira da Silva played in UNDP's Match against Poverty in Morocco, where she became the first woman in history to play in an internationally sanctioned men's football match...
Orlando Ayala, HeForShe
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Orlando Ayala, Chairman of Emerging Markets at Microsoft, is a HeForShe
Orlando Ayala, Chairman of Emerging Markets, Microsoft, is a #HeForShe advocate, because he believes that progress for women means progress for society. Microsoft is partnering with UN Women to advance women's empowerment. As the world searches for...
Saturday, July 05, 2014
The achievements for women in the Arab world
Tunisian civil society activist Ahlem Hachicha and University of Tunis El Manar professor Fatima Radhouani talk to Marwan Bishara about the achievements for women in the Arab world. We invite our users to watch the video published on July 6th 2014.
Friday, July 04, 2014
More than quotas are needed for women in politics
While Lebanon suffers from a paucity of female politicians, establishing a quota is not the only way to bolster women’s participation in the political sphere, say members of UNDP’s Lebanese Electoral Assistance Program. Parties from all across the...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
NGO Forum Beijing +20
Be an active participant in a dynamic global process and contribute to discussions on achievements, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). Tackle together other...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Interview with Hibaaq Osman on Beijing +20
Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist who attended the Beijing Conference in 1995. Today, she heads Karama, an international organization based in Cairo that is working to end violence against women in the Arab region and is a partner of the...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Maha Almuneef - Breaking stereotypes, reaching goals
Maha Almuneef, a 53-year-old mother of three living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a Board-certified physician with a vision: ending violence against women. Maha, undeterred by the traditional image of a woman’s place in society, earned her medical...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Once we make this dream a reality… by Michelle Bachelet
Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in for a second term as President of Chile in March 2014. Previously, she was the first Executive Director of UN Women, from its inception in 2010 until March 2013. A longstanding women’s rights advocate, she has...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Beijing +20
Picture it: A world without a gender gap. Imagine a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. What would your world look like?

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