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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Call for Papers of the International conference on "Women and Politics in an Age of Uncertainty"
Academic context Along with the emergence of popular movements for democratic change in MENA region countries, the past few years have also brought clear evidence of crisis in longstanding democratic and undemocratic states. Democracy in many parts...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Cartoon Series by Womankind Foundation to Engage Arab Societies in Women's Rights Debate
"Fiction can be an engaging, non-confrontational way to set the scene for constructive conversations, even on the most serious issues. We hope that Be 100 Ragl II can help enlighten men and women on how to build a more just and equal society...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Call for papers: Negotiating Political Inclusion: Women and Party Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
From women’s key role in the recent democratization uprisings across the region, to their demands to enter political-decision-making positions, women are actively protesting their marginalization from the political sphere and demanding a voice in...
Women in Libya
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Charter of Libyan Women's constitutional rights
Although Libyan women compose half of the population and were at the forefront of the February 17th revolution, among the tragedies of the transition period has been the severe blow to women’s rights. This has included previously unparalleled crimes...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Constitution-making and Reform: Options for the Process
To consolidate peace after war is a long-term process; to consolidate democracy is an evenlonger one. There are no quick fixes. Ultimately, consolidating peace in any country dependson the people of that country. They alone must determine the path...
Monday, July 21, 2014
Can young people break the socio-cultural and institutional barriers for women in politics?
Political institutions have traditionally been created in male dominated societies in which men formulate the rules of the political game.  Although traditional political institutions have undertaken efforts to become more accessible for young...
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...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Call for Applications: Experts on Youth, Democratic Governance and Participation
One of UNDP’s Youth Strategy key aims is to strengthen youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions (Youth Strategy Outcome 2). When young men and women understand their rights, they can become...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Call for Applications: Experts on Youth, Democratic Governance and Participation
One of UNDP’s Youth Strategy key aims is to strengthen youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions (Youth Strategy Outcome 2). When young men and women understand their rights, they can...
Caroline Hubbard
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Challenges for international organizations working on women's issues
iKNOW Politics Expert Caroline Hubbard speaks about the challenges international organizations face while working on women's rights issues.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Call for concerted global action to end violence against women
Geneva, 6 June 2014 – The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed a new Egyptian decree punishing sexual harassment as a first but crucial step to tackle the growing problem of violence against women and urged other countries to do more on the...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Conference of Syrian Women: Recommendations
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks (Geneva, 14 January) A two-day meeting to support women's participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, convened in...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Conference of Syrian Women: Recommendations
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks (Geneva, 14 January) A two-day meeting to support women's participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, convened in...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Culture versus rights dualism: a myth or a reality?
Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation...
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Course: Gender and Revolutions: Rethinking the “Women Question” in the Modern Middle East
Female reformers and revolutionaries were at the forefront of many of the Middle East’s historic sociopolitical movements. These women, members of diverse classes, religious persuasions, and ethnic communities, played key roles in toppling dictators...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Constituent Assembly’s female representation shows poor quantity, good quality: women’s rights activists
While the Constituent Assembly may be lacking in quantity of female representation, the chosen members are of good quality, women’s rights activists and female politicians have said. The assembly has five female members: Azza El Ashmawy,...
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Canada announces support for women in Middle East and North Africa
The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), announced Canada's contribution to two projects that will encourage the participation of women in the political process in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region...
Monday, July 15, 2013
Celebrating A Decade Of The African Women’s Rights Protocol
It remains a fact that gender parity is a challenge for women across the globe. Yet the African continent boasts an exemplary legal instrument that guarantees comprehensive rights to women -The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’...

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