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Webinar elected to lead
Friday, September 17, 2021
Elected to lead: A webinar on women and democracy
This year marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Sweden, practiced for the first time in September 1921. Five women were elected to the Parliament (Riksdag) then, today 46 percent of the members of parliament are women. Women's political...
A T-shirt featuring a portrait of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike displayed at a store on the Ameyoko shopping street in Tokyo on Sept. 5. (Kentaro Takahashi/Bloomberg)
Monday, September 13, 2021
Enough is enough. It’s time for Japan to have a female leader.
By William Pesek Over the past decade, Japan has tried a variety of strategies to restore its economic relevance. It spent trillions of dollars jolting growth. It devalued the yen. The Bank of Japan seemed to morph itself into a giant hedge fund to...
Among the three new state Assemblies being analysed here, only Kerala recorded a marginal increase in seats for women from 8 to 11.
Friday, May 07, 2021
Explained: Share of women, youth in new state Assemblies
The age and gender profiles of 3 of the newly elected Assemblies show that the share of women MLAs is unchanged in West Bengal, has grown slightly in Kerala, and fallen in Tamil Nadu. West Bengal has more young MLAs than earlier while the other two...
Friday, August 28, 2020
Election 2020: What women want this election in New Zealand
By Michelle Duff, In the 127 years since women have been able to vote, you’d think someone would have asked them what they want. You would think. Being a woman or a gender minority in New Zealand is kind of like being in a really tiring relationship...
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Exclusion or interests? Why females in elected office reduce petty and grand corruption
Disappointed by the numerous failures of anticorruption reforms, international organisations, scholars and policy makers increasingly place their hopes on measures aimed at enhancing gender equality and in particular increasing the inclusion of...
Friday, February 21, 2020
Eri Tokunaga
Eri Tokunaga is a Member of Parliament from Japan. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, September 27, 2019
European Parliament Elections 2019: towards parity democracy in Europe
This policy paper aims to reconsider the concept of parity democracy in the current context of the EU and focusing on the elections to the EP in May 2019. As developed in the Athens Declaration, adopted at the European Summit of Women in Power in...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Engaging young people and women in European Parliament elections
This Discussion Paper puts together relevant data on the inclusion of young people and women in European Parliament elections. It is focused on two pitfalls of EU electoral democracy: voter absenteeism on the part of young people, and the under-...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Ending impunity for violence against women in elections in Zimbabwe
By Cait Davin, Earlier this year, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) research in Zimbabwe found that women engaging in elections as candidates, voters and journalists were experiencing devastating sexual extortion, physical...
Friday, October 26, 2018
Ethiopia’s new 50% women cabinet isn’t just bold—it’s smart
Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed is rewarding women’s contributions to the nation’s progress. In a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday (Oct. 16), Abiy cut the number of ministries from 28 to 20 and named 10 women among the new appointees. Women will...
Monday, May 14, 2018
Empty women seats in parliament
By Shehnila Zardari Women may account for half of the world’s population but their representation in parliament was recorded in 2015 at only 22.1%. Two decades earlier, the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women had unanimously signed the...
Thursday, May 03, 2018
EU worries over apathy among women in politics in Nigeria
The European Union (EU) is worried that since its huge investment in Nigerian politics, there had been no improvement in women participation. The EU expressed worries over the low level of Nigerian women participation in politics in spite of several...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Ethiopia parliament elects female speaker, Muferiat Kamil
Ethiopia’s parliament, the House of Peoples’ Representatives, has chosen a former Minister of Women’s Affairs, as its new speaker, state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting Corporate reports. The report confirms earlier rumours that Muferiat Kamil was set...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Equal Voice Alberta launches workshops to recruit more women into politics
Equal Voice Alberta is urging more women to run in the 2019 Alberta provincial election. The group launched their She Leads Campaign 101 Workshops on Saturday with a panel discussion that drew more than 40 attendees. Organizer Jenessa Crognali says...
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Event: Does political participation need political parties and representation?
Today, most citizens endorse democracy but expect much more than a periodic opportunity at the ballot box. These citizens have access to an expanding repertoire of mechanisms to express criticism and influence political processes. These mechanisms...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Empowering Women in Politics on a Global Scale
iKNOW Politics expert Farida Jalalzai submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. Few social changes have been as dramatic and rapid as women’s increased political representation worldwide. Simultaneously,...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Even with rise of political outsiders, women take traditional path to power in the US
When she thinks about getting women involved in government, Kelly Dittmar can’t help but be reminded of asparagus. A few years ago, Dittmar, an expert on women’s participation in politics, had a friend who needed to fill a spot on “some sort of...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Egypt nominates Moushira Khattab for next UNESCO Director-General
A few months prior the UNESCO elections for the post of Director-General, Egypt decided to nominate the Egyptian ambassador and diplomat, Moushira Khattab to the post. The elections for a leader to fill the shoes of Irina Bokova (who has set her...

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