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Friday, October 26, 2018
Women in Palestine face violence and political exclusion, campaigner tells UN
Women are being shut out of Palestinian politics and excluded from peace talks, according to Randa Siniora, the first female Palestinian campaigner to address the UN security council. Speaking at the UN on Thursday, she said that while women in the...
Friday, August 24, 2018
Muslim women poised to make political history
NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks with Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, who won her Detroit-area primary last week and runs unopposed in November. She's set to be among the first Muslim women in Congress. LAKSHMI SINGH, HOST: Turning now to politics, we'...
Members of the Constitutional Shadow Committee participate in a constitution drafting session after completing a capacity development workshop. Photo: Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy/Ibrahim Abdeljawwad
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution
“I used to be afraid to give my opinion, but now I tell people about complex issues like politics, women’s rights and the Constitution. I feel strong,” says 24-year-old Amani Thawabta, a law school graduate from Palestine. Although she speaks about...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Our Motherland, Our Country: Gender Discrimination and Statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa
Gender discrimination in nationality laws occurs when women cannot acquire, change, retain or pass on their nationality to their children and/or non-national spouses on an equal basis as men. Gender discrimination in nationality laws can result in...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Women’s brains may hold key to peace in Israel and Palestine
New studies in brain science reveal how women’s leadership can push conflicts, whether personal or political, from violent to diplomatic resolution. In “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Harvard professor and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker...
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Sahar Qawasmy
iKNOW Politics: How have you overcome any obstacles that were posed by religious or cultural claims? First of all, I would like to assert that a woman’s engagement in politics and occupancy of decision making posts, particularly in societies that...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
WOMEN AND THE TRANSITION FROM CONFLICT IN NORTHERN IRELAND: LESSONS FOR PEACE-BUILDING IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE
When we take the experiences of women seriously, the lessons that we can draw from the Northern Ireland peace process for future peace tracks in the Middle East are not necessarily the same lessons that are highlighted in popular comparisons of the...
Monday, April 29, 2013
Misconceptions Abound On Gaza's Women, Politics
It has become commonplace when reading about Gaza to come across descriptions of it as an "Islamist enclave" or "Hamas-controlled territory" and so on. In case someone exists who does not know what Hamas is all about, commentators make sure their...
Friday, March 22, 2013
UNSCR 1325’s Approach to Women’s Representation : A case study from the occupied Palestinian territories
United Nations Security Council passed a resolution, 1325, that addressed the needs of women in conflict situations. Among the pillars addressed in this resolution was the representation of women in government and in peace processes. While progress...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab States: Women After the Arab Spring
16 Mar 2012 - The Arab Spring continues to blow winds of change in the Middle East. There is no doubt the direction these countries are heading in will affect Arab societies and personal rights. But recently, the focus has been on women in the...
Monday, March 21, 2011
Democracy With Women, For Women
This publication presents an overview and brief analysis of the first round of grants issued by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in partnership with the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Both organizations are engaged in advancing gender...
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Janet Mikhael
"Women are very insightful on how to run a city, ensure its improvement and cleanliness and take care of supporting women, children and families, through cultural centers, parks, and social projects." - Janet Mikhael iKNOW Politics: Ms. Janet...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Hanan Ashrawi
“Women should always build support systems and networks for other women, and they should not be an excuse to exclude other women from politics.” - Hanan Ashrawi iKNOW Politics: Dr. Ashrawi, you are well known as a Palestinian legislator, human...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
UNIFEM Annual Report 2007–2008
This report highlights UNIFEM's work to empower women in economic and public spheres, including achieving gender equality in democratic governance. Among the highlights during the year 2007–2008 were initiatives in empowering women in politics,...
Friday, March 09, 2007
Coalition Best Practices: NDI West Bank and Gaza
This report describes the best practices of building successful political coalitions and examines issues that political parties and other organizations should consider when attempting to build a new coalition or strengthen an existing one. It covers...