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New Zealand Gov. Gen. Cindy Kiro, left, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are seen in 2021. The country ranks sixth for women’s participation in national parliaments.  NICK PERRY / AP FILE PHOTO
Monday, September 19, 2022
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics. What do Iceland, Mexico and New Zealand have in common? On at least one fundamental measure, they’re more democratic than Canada. That’s because in recent years they’ve...
Anita Anand, Chrystia Freeland, Justin Trudeau and Melanie Joly listen (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Creating space for women pays off
Three powerful women in charge of finance, defence and foreign affairs frame the Canadian Prime Minister during press conferences. It’s the first time in our history that these three top cabinet jobs have been held simultaneously by women. And in...
Constitution review in Nigeria: Committee presents 68 alterations as women protest exclusion from politics - Daily Post
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
Constitution review in Nigeria: Committee presents 68 alterations as women protest exclusion from politics
The House of Representatives special committee on review of the 1999 Constitution has presented the first batch of its report.  The Committee, chaired by Deputy Speaker Idris Wase (APC, Plateau), presented the 68 alterations to the green chamber....
Civic space in Nigeria is shrinking, and it’s affecting women participation - The Cable
Monday, November 01, 2021
Civic space in Nigeria is shrinking, and it’s affecting women participation
It is important for citizens to be given enabling structures to enable civil organisation and participation. This will, in turn, aid the creation of progressive institutional structures. But then the enactment and promotion of harsh policies and the...
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Austrian-US actor, filmmaker, politician and activist Arnold Schwarzenegger pose for photographers prior the opening ceremony o
Monday, November 01, 2021
COP26: Why are women still missing at the top climate table
When the global face to climate action is Greta Thunberg, it can appear that women and girls are well represented at the top table. As the U.K. opens the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, the lack of women’s senior...
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Monday, May 10, 2021
Closing the Gender Gap in Politics
Background More than 40 years after the entry into force of CEDAW and 26 years after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, progress around women’s full and equal political participation has stalled and gender balance...
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Thursday, April 01, 2021
Can gender quotas counter sexism in Australian politics?
In recent months, Australians have grown accustomed to stories of sexual impropriety by their politicians dominating the news headlines. Instances of groping, rape, and even a man masturbating on a female colleague's desk at Parliament House have...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Call to introduce local election gender quotas
A women’s rights group will today, 9 June, launch a €35,000 crowdfunding plan to help female candidates in future elections after accusing the Government of failing to do enough to address the issue. The Women for Election group says the public...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Canada should elect a gender-balanced Parliament in 2019
It was nearly a century ago that Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the House of Commons. Her victory in 1921 meant she represented not only the southwestern Ontario riding of Grey South East, but every Canadian woman across the...
Friday, November 16, 2018
Can quotas solve gender inequality in government?
The November 2018 election in the US will go down for a number of firsts. The first Somali American Muslim woman to be elected to office. The first Native American woman sent to Congress. And a record number of women elected to the House of...
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Call for parties to publish gender breakdown of candidates in UK
Political parties should be required to publish details of their election candidates by gender to highlight the "shameful" gap in numbers between men and women, campaigners are arguing. The Centenary Action Group, which wants equal representation in...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Comparative experiences: Operationalizing the 25% quota for women in Local Government in Sri Lanka
(PRESS RELEASE) – 31 July 2017, Colombo: A discussion forum on operationalizing the 25% quota for women in Local Government, and comparative experiences on advancing women’s political participation was held on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 at the...
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Canada: Removing Barriers Preventing Women from Attaining Top Leadership Positions
Building on the Canadian government's long-standing support for broader gender diversity, Ontario is working to eliminate barriers women face in attaining top positions in businesses and provincial agencies and boards. With input from the new Women...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Canada: All-party support for legislation to end gender inequality in politics
As MPs start debate on Bill C-237, MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby South) announced politicians from across party lines support his private member's bill aimed at bringing gender parity to Parliament. "Most of the time in Ottawa, politicians from...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Compendium of Good Practices for Advancing Women’s Political Participation in the OSCE Region
The objective of this publication is to critically assess progress and efforts in advancing women’s political participation in the OSCE region. This compendium brings together existing knowledge and good practice while considering what needs to be...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Chilean Senate approves criteria of gender quotas for political parties
The Chamber of the Chilean Senate approved with 35 votes in favor, the new law on political parties, in the absence of some outstanding voting points. This new law aims to advance internal democracy of political parties in Chile and has a special...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Confronting Gender Inequality. Findings from the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power
The London School of Economics have launched a new study concluding that gender quotas to place women in positions of power are needed in order to guarantee gender equality. This quotas would include both private and public sectors and the study...
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Sunday, April 12, 2015
China frees five women activists on bail after outcry
China has unexpectedly released five women activists on bail, two lawyers said on Monday, after a vocal campaign against their detention by the West and Chinese rights campaigners. The women were taken into custody on the weekend of March 8,...

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