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Friday, September 08, 2023
How Mexico became a gender equality leader in government
Mexico’s ruling party has selected Claudia Sheinbaum as its candidate for next year’s election, pitting her against the opposition's top contender, Xóchitl Gálvez. The decision means that the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country looks set to...
Source: The World Economic Forum
Friday, February 17, 2023
Here are 4 parliaments that have more women than men
There was much celebration last year when for the first time in New Zealand’s history there were more women in parliament than men. Soraya Peke-Mason from the liberal Labour Party was sworn in to Parliament in October, 2022, tipping the balance to...
How gender quotas broaden the political agenda – University of Bath
Thursday, October 27, 2022
How gender quotas broaden the political agenda
In 2013, a Christian democratic politician from Belgium and I sat down in her office in the Senate, the upper house of the federal parliament in Brussels. The senator recalled a long battle within her party to get more women candidates on party...
How did Rwanda become no.1 for gender equality? IPU
Friday, October 21, 2022
How did Rwanda become no.1 for gender equality?
In 2008, the Rwanda Chamber of Deputies was the first elected national parliament where women were the majority. The proportion of MPs who are women is at 61.25% today, way above the current global average of 26.4%. Rwanda has been at the top of the...
How to mitigate these five threats to democracy (IPU)
Thursday, September 15, 2022
How to mitigate these five threats to democracy
Democratization is under pressure across the globe. Here are five major threats to democracy, and how to mitigate them. Democracy is as precarious as it is precious. Some 25 years after the IPU issued its Universal Declaration on Democracy, its...
Delsa Solorzano is among the few women who have made their way to the Venezuelan opposition leadership Photo: Sun Sentinel
Friday, July 01, 2022
How to level the playing field for women in Venezuelan politics
Despite some small advances and changes in legislation, both chavismo and the opposition make things more difficult for female politicians. But Venezuela could take some steps towards equality. The level of women’s participation in Venezuelan...
Rwandan President Paul Kagame poses for a photograph with members of the Rwandan Parliament. PHOTO: PAUL KAGAME’S FLICKR ACCOUNT
Wednesday, June 08, 2022
How autocrats use women’s rights to boost themselves
Automatically bundling equality and democracy has led to the rise of “genderwashing”. "Being a champion of gender is the same as being the champion for justice and human rights," proclaimed the winner of the 2016 Gender Champion Award recipient...
Tunis market, April 2022. Keystone / Mohamed Messara
Tuesday, June 07, 2022
How local female politicians are keeping Tunisian democracy alive
President Kaïs Saïed is in the process of wiping out hard-won democratic rights in Tunisia. Little evidence survives of Switzerland’s efforts to support the country on its path to democracy – apart, perhaps, from the courage of women politicians who...
Independent candidate Zoe Daniel defeated Liberal MP Tim Wilson for the seat of Goldstein in an election that saw a record number of women elected to Parliament. Picture: AAP
Monday, May 30, 2022
Her rights at work: How will women be treated in the new Australian parliament?
A record number of women have been elected to the Australian Parliament. Anger about the Coalition Government's lack of action on gender equality has been one of the issues propelling the teal independents into parliament.  What will be their...
Voters queue outside a polling station in the Somaliland 2021 elections. Credit: Somaliland International Election Observation Mission 2021
Thursday, January 13, 2022
How did Somaliland end up with zero female MPs?
Over 30 years since declaring independence from Somalia in 1991, the Republic of Somaliland has established itself as a paragon of stability in a tough neighbourhood. Although it remains internationally unrecognised, it is inevitably compared...
Somali women - UN Multimedia
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Half fees for all Somalia women vying in coming October elections
Somalia is halving the registration fees for women candidates to encourage more participation in the upcoming elections. Last week, the National Consultative Council, an organ created with representation from the Prime Minister and five federal...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Hope for change as Kenya court rules one-third of MPs must be women
NAIROBI — Kenyan activists on Monday welcomed a High Court ruling giving parliament 60 days to ensure a third of lawmakers are women or face dissolution. The ruling follows a lengthy struggle to increase women's political representation in the...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Helen Clark on Women's Political Empowerment
UNDP Administrator and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark talks about the challenges and the undeniable gains of empowering women to participate in politics at the highest levels.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Helped by quotas, more women enter Latin American politics
When Michelle Bachelet takes office as president of Chile for the second time on Tuesday, the person who places the blue, white and red striped presidential sash round her neck will be  Isabel Allende - the first woman in Chilean history to be...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Helen Clark: Women in politics
Helen Clark, UNDP administrator, introduces a debate on whether there should quotas for women in politics published October 19, 2013
Friday, June 06, 2008
How to promote a gender equality policy within a political party
This consolidated response analyses what a gender equality policy means and the key steps as well as concrete measures for developing a political party gender equality policy.