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Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Support to Egypt begins on fulfilling roadmap to democracy
IPU has kick-started its priority support to Egypt in its efforts to establish democracy by providing advice and expertise on the drafting on a new electoral law. The law would have to be in place before parliamentary elections can take place, the...
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Press Release: New research reveals violence against women in politics rampant in South Asia
Violence against women in politics is rampant in South Asia according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women. The study, ‘Violence against Women in Politics’ revealed that the insufficient implementation of laws,...
Monday, April 28, 2014
State Betters 2009 Turnout, Women on Top , India
Women in Tamil Nadu not only outnumbered men on the voter list, they beat them in the race for getting the indelible mark on April 24. While 73.51 per cent of men (2,02,27,493) exercised their franchise for the Lok Sabha elections, the number of...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Politics still a man’s game, India
Women’s issues may be high on the agenda for political parties vying for votes in India’s mammoth general election, but few female lawmakers will get an opportunity to implement the policies being proposed. Less than a fifth of the candidates...
Friday, April 25, 2014
Proponents of women in politics to brace up, Ghana
Group and individual proponents advocating for increased participation of women in governance, have been urged to brace up for another round of advocacy, as the local government elections, approaches later this year. Ms. Esther Tawiah, Executive...
Friday, April 25, 2014
Egyptian women campaign for larger role in parliament
Egyptian women today still suffer from cultural, social and political discrimination with no indication from policymakers for progress. Though women attained the right to political participation in 1956, significant development has been minimal. The...
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Woman breaks taboos, announces candidacy, Lebanon
Nadine Moussa, Lebanon’s first female candidate for the presidency, insists that Lebanon needs a “new social contract,” with women holding half of all parliamentary and governmental posts. “I know what Lebanese women are capable of, and I know how...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
African Women Convene to Deliberate and Strategize on Political Leadership
African women from 15 countries across the continent gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from April 23rd to the 24th to deliberate and strategize on women's political leadership in Africa. Convened by FEMNET (African Women's Development and Communication...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Depoliticisation, fiscal autonomy can improve police
What’s the role of the police in a community? Is it to serve the citizens by ensuring their security or to maintain public order by coercive power?  Lawyers, human rights activists, journalists and citizen-based groups deliberated over these vital...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza inspires Congolese women politicians
In Sub-Saharan Africa, where women hold just 23 percent of the seats in national parliaments and there are only three women heads of state, Catherine Samba-Panza, president of the Central African Republic (CAR), is an inspirational figure. Her...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Is India on the cusp of a gender revolution?
In late March, Raveela Gangula rallied a dozen women to stop a drunken man from savagely beating his wife in Muthangi, a village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Although they restrained him and called the police, he was released that...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Khamenei, Rouhani clash on women’s role in society
On the occasion of Women’s Day in Iran, Iran’s president and supreme leader presented contrasting roles in society for women. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has previously rebuked President Hassan Rouhani’s cultural policies, but this appears...
Monday, April 21, 2014
KP govt to set up women desks at all police stations, Pakistan
Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has announced that women police desks would be established at all 500 police stations of the province to facilitate the province’s female population. Speaking at a ceremony in the provincial capital...
Monday, April 21, 2014
IPU deeply concerned by attack on another Afghan woman MP
IPU is deeply concerned by the shooting of Afghan MP Mariam Koofi, the latest in a string of attacks on parliamentarians in Afghanistan, particularly women legislators. Koofi, the sister of fellow MP and human rights activist Fawzia Koofi, was...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Morocco women march to demand gender equality
A group of around 800 Moroccans, mostly women, staged a march in the capital Rabat on Sunday demanding that a constitutional guarantee of gender equality be applied in the kingdom. The march from the city centre to parliament was led by the Civil...
Monday, April 14, 2014
Tonga's future female politicians get a taste of parliament
It's been an historic few days in Tonga - with the country's first Practice Parliament for women being held. The 32 participants have debated a motion to combat Youth Violence, a Youth Diversion Scheme and a Special Fund to assist the work of...
Saturday, April 12, 2014
India election 2014: The woman calling for Narendra Modi to take responsibility for mass murder
Minutes before he was hacked to death by a Hindu mob, veteran Muslim politician Ehsan Jafri reached for his phone and dialled one last number. For the dozens of neighbours also cowering in his home, it seemed like their only chance. At the...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
India, the message is clear: women want a say in politics
In 1952, a decade after the Indian independence activist Aruna Asaf Ali hoisted the flag of the Indian National Congress at the Gowalia Tank maidan, India held its first general elections. Women had come out in massive numbers to take part in the...

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