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Adji Diarra Mergane Kanouté, a member of Senegal’s National Assembly. The country is the lone bright star in West Africa for nearly achieving gender parity representation, 43 percent, in its parliament, lifting the otherwise sagging rate overall for the r
Thursday, August 25, 2022
In West Africa, a staggering low number of women in politics is brightened by one exception
LAGOS — A mere 17 women were appointed or elected to parliaments, ministerial or electoral offices in the West Africa/Sahel region out of 134 available positions from December 2021 to June 2022. While the paltry figures have long raised concerns...
Benin opposition leader Reckya Madougou sentenced to 20 years in prison. Photo: Yanick Folly, AFP
Thursday, December 23, 2021
It’s time for Africa to stop the culture of brutalizing women in politics with unfair and long jail terms
African politics has done well when it comes to mainstreaming women into the social process of political socialization. It is so encouraging that the world can now see women in top positions of politics around Africa; Dr. Samia Suluhu, the current...
Monday, November 07, 2016
Investing in Inclusion: Women, Peace, and Development in Africa
Across peace and development initiatives, the exclusion of women comes at a high cost. Without women’s equal participation, peace agreements are more fragile, peacekeeping missions are less credible and safe, and economies are less prosperous. A...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
International IDEA: Senior Regional Advisor in Addis Ababa
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance — International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by...
Friday, December 12, 2014
International conference on women's political participation in Africa
While on the 10th of December the world was celebrating Human Rights Day, in Bujumbura (Burundi) the International Conference on “Women’s Political Participation and their Role in the Prevention of Electoral Violence in Africa”, organized by Cordaid...
Monday, June 09, 2014
Invitation to a Nordic-Arab PhD course on “Comparative studies of women in public life – theoretical and methodological challenges”
The Nordic-Arab research collaboration project by the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) and the University of Stockholm, financed by the Swedish Research Council, is pleased to invite you to a Nordic-Arab PhD-course, November...
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
In Ethiopia, church bells ring for women and girls
With 45 million members, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has powerful influence on Ethiopian society. UN Women forged an initiative with the Church in two districts, Woldia and Kobo, in the northern Amhara region. Aiming to reach a broad population,...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Integrating Somali women into peacebuilding processes
Despite the vital roles played by women in the democratisation and state-building processes, their male counterparts hardly recognise their role. Women have always had a strong stake in democratisation and peacebuilding processes (UN, 2013)....
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
IPU: Gender Sensitive Parliaments Regional seminar for French-speaking African parliaments
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Parliament of Gabon are organizing a Regional Seminar for French-speaking African Parliaments on Gender-sensitive Parliaments. The Seminar will take place in Libreville from 13 to 15 June 2013 as part of...
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
IPU: Honing the Leadership Skills of Women MPs in Burundi
In a bid to enhance the role and influence of women MPs in the political scene in Burundi, women parliamentarians in the east African country have been given training on ways to build their leadership, communication and advocacy skills as part of a...
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
IPU: Burkina Faso- Concrete Steps Underway to Tackle Violence Against Women in Burkina Faso
Efforts to make Burkina Faso only the second country in West Africa after Benin to legislate against all forms of violence against women and girls get underway next week. A two-day consultation organized by the Burkinabè parliament and IPU on 14-15...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
IPU: Africa- Global MPs Vow to Prioritise Maternal, Child Healthcare
5 April 2012 - Delegates at the 126th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Kampala, Uganda have asked parliamentary institutions in the world to prioritise matters of maternal and child health. In the resolution passed,...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
IDEA: Second Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy
  Driven by the regional entities around the world, the ASEAN Secretariat and International IDEAwill host the Second Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy on 1 May 2012 in Jakarta. The Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy is a...
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Increasing the Effective Participation of Women in Food and Nutrition Security in Africa
This brief analyzes key resources that women need to have access to and control of to ensure food and nutrition security in Africa. It argues that women should be involved not only by the means of creating new policies, but also by participating in...