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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Women in parliament: 1995–2020 - 25 years in review
This year’s report looks back at 25 years of women in parliament on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing conference and its groundbreaking action plan for gender equality. IPU analysis shows that gender parity is possible. The overall...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Pursuing equality in rights and representation – Women’s experiences running for parliament in Lebanon’s 2018 elections
In late 2018 and early 2019 UN Women interviewed 87 per cent of the women who ran for Parliamentary election (75 of the 86 women; of the 113 women who registered to run, 86 made it on to candidate lists). This report summarizes their stories and...
Monday, January 27, 2020
Women human rights defenders: Insights from the struggle
Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) have long played a central role in the advancement of human rights. In the fight against impunity and repression, WHRDs have been among one of the most vocal in calling for human rights to be protected and upheld...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Breaking cycles of violence: Gaps in prevention of and response to electoral-related sexual violence in Kenya
Introduction I was targeted because my husband is from a different community that was perceived to hold a differing political opinion from the one of the dominant community we live in.’ Survivor of sexual violence during the 2017 elections...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Online participation of female politicians in Pakistan's General Elections 2018
This research report seaks to analyze the use of social media during the 2018 General Election in Pakistan. The report focuses on online participation and harassement of female politicians along with issues pertinent to elections in the digital age...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Gender-Sensitive Parliaments
The Report on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments is the result of a two-year research project. It follows up on a previous IPU publication, Equality in Politics: A Survey of Women and Men in Parliaments (2008). That Survey had found that women were...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Votes without violence
Around the world, women are targeted by violence because of their commitment to vote, their jobs as electoral officials and their aspirations to hold political office. NDI categorizes this kind of violence as “violence against women in elections” (...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Win with women assessment toolkit
The Win With Women Political Party Assessment (WWW Assessment) is an initiative designed to help political parties become more inclusive and representative through an assessment that gauges men and women's perceptions of women in leadership, the...
Monday, November 11, 2019
Ready, willing and electable: Women running for executive office (2019)
In 2018, a record number of women were elected to Congress, but it’s a different story when you look at governorships. Today, only nine women serve as governor, tying a previous record first set in 2004. Twenty states have never had a woman governor...
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Women in politics: Local and European trends
From mayors to MEPs: new study reveals women’s representation across Europe. Women make up half of humanity, yet account for only 1/3 of political decision-makers in Europe and around 15% of mayors. A new study by the Council of European...
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
#SHEPERSISTED Women, politics & power in the new media world
Understanding the role traditional media and, increasingly, social media outlets are playing in the promotion of more gender-inclusive and participatory democracies and what we can all do to speed up progress is urgent, and critical. This study aims...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Women Peace and Security Index 2019/20
This first update of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index provides important insights into patterns and progress on women’s well-being and empowerment around the world. It reflects a shared vision that countries are more peaceful and...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Engaging women in sustaining peace: A guide to best practices
Since its establishment in 2000, the The Community of Democracies (CoD) has affirmed and maintained a commitment to engaging women in all aspects of democratic gover - nance and development, including women’s political participation and inclusion in...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The role of political parties in promoting women in politics - UPLA
The Women's Network of the Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA) is a political platform that seeks to promote and strengthen the participation and positioning of women in public decision-making roles in Latin America and the Caribbean. UPLA...
Friday, October 11, 2019
Unfinished business: Women running in 2018 and beyond
Women ran for and were elected to office in record numbers in the 2018 election. They made historic gains across levels of office and reached new milestones for women’s political representation. But not all women achieved record levels of success in...
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Global feminist collaborations and the concept of violence against women in politics
Violence against women in politics is increasingly recognized around the world as a significant barrier to women’s political participation. This article maps how the concept emerged globally, arguing that it has multiple, parallel origins: efforts...
Friday, October 04, 2019
A gendered look into the High Level Political Forum 2019
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the core United Nations platform on Sustainable Development. It is the mechanism which follows up on UN Member States’ implementation of the 2030 Agenda and seeks to hold governments accountable by...
Friday, October 04, 2019
The empowerment of women in politics and the 6th legislature National Assembly Elections 2018 in Cambodia
The report on “The Empowerment of Women in Politics and the 6 th Legislature National Assembly Elections 2018” is an analysis of the data and views of Cambodian women’s participation in politics, especially the process of the 6th Legislature...