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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?
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...

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