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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
State of Local Democracy in the Arab World
This report includes a tool for carrying out self-assessments of the state of local democracy. The assessment tool was developed by International IDEA and has been used with great success to carry out assessments in many countries, including new as...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Social Media: A Practical Guide for Electoral Management Bodies
This Guide is intended to inform electoral management bodies (EMBs) about the ways in which social media can be used to increase the participation of the electorate, boost communication, engage all members of the community, and improve transparency...
Michelle Bachelet
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Once we make this dream a reality…
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...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Vacancy: Feasibility study on the creation of a global online library on gender responsive judicial decisions
  Background Introduction The Convention on the Elimination Of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the frame of reference for shaping national constitution-making, reviews and interpretation in ways that are gender...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Women in the new Tunisian Constitution
Inclusive and effective political institutions (parliament, constituent assemblies, and political parties) are critical to respond to citizen’s expectations for voice, development and accountability: this requires a constant engagement with...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Libyan human rights activist Salwa Bughaighis killed
A prominent Libyan human rights lawyer and activist has been assassinated in her home in Benghazi. Armed men fought their way into the house of Salwa Bughaighis before shooting her. Ms Bughaighis was an outspoken critic of many of the armed groups,...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Political Participation and Civic  Engagement – an overview of  key issues facing youth
Prsentation given by Jorge Cardona, Professor of International Law, Member, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Member, Commission of Experts of the Ibero‐American Convention on the Rights of Youth
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Libyan women’s rights advocate Salwa Abugaigis assassinated
Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late Wednesday, hospital and security sources said. “Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Key information on Parliamentarians by age
A compilation of infographics mapping everything about parliamentarians by age across the globe.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Law to boost female representation in municipalities passes, Israel
A measure rewarding municipal parties with women on their lists became law Monday night, with 57 in favor and 14 against it, despite outspoken haredi opposition. The bill, proposed by MKs Haneen Zoabi (Balad), Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) and Knesset...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Bahrainis encouraged to take active part in parliamentary elections
The new constitution allowed women to run as candidates in the parliament and municipal elections. While no woman won a seat in 2002, Lateefa A Gaood in 2006 made Bahrain and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) history when she became the first GCC...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Civil Society organizations as instruments to overcome barriers to engaging political institutions
Presentation on Civil Society organizations as instruments to overcome barriers to engaging political institutions given by Pablo Angulo, Youth Program Associate at the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) at the Expert Group...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Presentation on Youth‐ led Structures
Presentation on Youth‐led Structures given by Ivana Savić, Executive Director, CHRDS and Organising Partner for UN Major Group for Children and Youth at the Expert Group Meeting “Youth, Development and Rights”New York, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Presentation on Youth, Development and Rights Diversity and Discrimination
The presentation given by Åshild Marie Vige fropm the Norwegian Children and Youth Council on "Barriers to political participation, focusing on the issues of diversity and discrimination faced by many youth when attempting to engage in the political...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Arab Youth : Civic Engagement & Economic Participation
Arab Youth and Evolving Regional Context The Arab region has been experiencing a massive youth bulge, with more than half of most countries’ populations under the age of 25. Young men and women in the Arab region today are the most educated; thus...
Ikram Ben Said
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Ikram Ben Said on "Advancing Women in Politics: The Gateway to Economic Empowerment"
On May 19, 2014 NDI and it's Chairman Madeleine K. Albright organized the annual luncheon on the theme of "Advancing Women in Politics: The Gateway to Economic Empowerment" to honor the Tunisian organization Aswat Nissa (Women's voices). We are...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Diversity in parliaments: Listening to the voices of minorities and indigenous people
Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 35 parliamentarians between March and November 2009. Interviews were designed to gather data on (a) the ways in which members of minority and indigenous groups become parliamentarians, (b) the...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The representation of minorities and indigenous people in parliament: a global overview
The Global overview contains an analysis of responses to a questionnaire sent to all national parliaments in 2009. The aim of the survey was to gain a better understanding of the nature of parliamentary inclusion of minorities and indigenous peoples...

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