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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...
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Building women’s leadership in the most difficult places (Pakistan) – case study for your comments
Well known for its highly articulate and influential women, Pakistan is also notorious for the severe restrictions placed on women’s personal and political liberties. The Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme entered this very complex and sensitive...
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Latin America: a pioneer in promoting women’s political participation
Progress and challenges for women politicians in the region Important and undeniable progress: Michelle Bachelet becomes President of Chile again on 11 March 2014, the second woman re-elected to that post in Latin America (after Cristina Fernández...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Young people are less likely to vote than older citizens, but they are also more diverse in how they choose to participate in politics.
Participation in electoral politics has declined across Western Europe in recent decades as citizens have become increasingly disillusioned with conventional forms of politics. As James Sloam notes, this is especially true for the current generation...
Monday, April 14, 2014
Strengthening women’s networks: A central place in the new UNDP gender equality strategy 2014-2017
Editorial by Charles Chauvel, Advisor for Parliamentary Development, UNDP As an implementing partner of iKNOW Politics, UNDP calls attention to its newly-adopted gender equality strategy for the period 2014-2017.  The strategy seeks to ensure that...
Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda. (Image: Maxppp/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Women in Post-genocide Rwanda Have Helped Heal Their Country
The document reflects on how Rwandan women have secured big gains in the halls of power, although challenges remain.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
How Presidents Talk About Women in SOTU Speeches, USA
Since the 1920s, the addresses have gone from nearly all-"men" affairs to a roughly equal gender footing. Though contraception is rarely mentioned in State of the Union addresses, it might make an appearance tonight, since President Obama is...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Where is women’s place in local government in Turkey?
Dec. 5 was the 79th anniversary of the day Turkish women were granted the right to vote and to be elected.  The confusion in the domestic and external agenda caused this gain to be celebrated less than it deserved.  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and friends...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Despite Success in Politics Many Latin American Women Still Experience Gender Discrimination
The likely victory of Michelle Bachelet in Chile’s presidential elections will strengthen women’s political power in Latin America, a region where while progressing, still sees millions of women as the victims of discrimination and violence. Despite...
Friday, November 08, 2013
How to Secure the Gains Afghan Women Have Made
The women of Afghanistan today aren’t the same women of 2001. They’ve expanded their access to health care, education, justice, and political power. As Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa noted Tuesday in a congressional hearing, “Afghan...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Political violence against women
Even though women have advanced in terms of the quality and quantity of their political participation in almost every country in the world, some of them are still experiencing gender based harassment and violence in politics. In countries that have...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Iraq: Gendering authoritarianism
Women in Iraq bear the brunt of increasing levels of gender-based violence, inadequate infrastructure and poverty. Yet women activists recognize that their struggle for equality and social justice as women cannot be separated from the wider...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Patriarchy and militarism in Egypt: from the street to the government
The lack of institutional concern for epidemic levels of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt is part of the larger neglect of the issue of gender equality by the post-revolutionary powers.  Journalist and activist Hania Moheeb spoke out at the ...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
On Egyptian women after the Arab Spring
When history books reflect on modern Egypt, we will read the “official” version of the story but we will never read the stories that matter: her stories. We will not hear the voices of millions of women who stood shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand,...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Female Arab Spring Protestors Push Broad Agenda
Betraying their own biases, various Western commentators have frequently expressed shock at the visible and active presence of women and girls in demonstrations across the region. This sense of surprise has often doubled at the sight of innumerable...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Why Dilma Cancelled On Obama, Brazil
This week we were supposed to be celebrating the first state visit to the White House by a Brazilian president in nearly two decades. Instead we are recognizing a very different first—the first time a world leader has declined to attend a state...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Advancing women’s rights, Taiwan
The designation of Oct. 11 as Taiwan Girls’ Day in the ROC represents another step forward for the country in its goal of promoting the rights of women across the economic, educational, political and social spectrums. This important undertaking...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Women in technology gain new political clout
When first lady Michelle Obama comes to San Francisco on a two-day trip starting Saturday to raise money for the Democratic Party, she doesn't plan the typical meet-and-greets. One of her events will include a small roundtable in the San Francisco...