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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Spain just elected its most feminist parliament ever
The new batch of MPs to take their seats in Spain’s Congress will include more women than ever before – almost but not quite as many as men. With all the votes counted on Monday morning, it is now clear that 46.8 percent of elected members of...
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Southeast communities strategize on women’s participation in elections
Participants at UN-backed events in the southeastern provinces of Paktya and Paktika called on community members to work together to support women’s participation in the upcoming elections. In two separate public events held in the provincial...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Summary of the e-Discussion on Women’s Participation in Local Government
The e-Discussion on Women’s Political Representation and Participation at the local level was launched on 2 February 2018 in Arabic, English, French and Spanish and ended on 8 March 2018. Experts, practitioners, and researchers discussed about the...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Side Event at CSW 62 on gender and youth quotas: Complementary or in competition?
Both women’s and youth representation are key to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16 and the promotion of democracy through inclusive institutions and societies. IPU data show that the proportion of women in parliament is...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Swedish parliament to vote on gender quota for company boards
Sweden's minority center-left coalition will introduce legislation in February to make listed companies increase the number of women in their boardrooms, news agency TT said yesterday. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's coalition of Social Democrats and...
Monday, July 21, 2014
Somalia: Somali Women Demand More Representation in Politics
Somali women leaders met in Mogadishu on Sunday (July 20th) to demand greater representation in national politics and clear constitutional provisions protecting their participation, Somalia's Hiiraan Online reported. Chair of the Somali National...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Serbia improves position of women in politics
Women are taking an increasingly active role as decision-makers in Serbian politics, but some bloggers say more steps should be taken to ensure greater participation at the highest levels of government. While there were virtually no women in...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
South Africa Misses the Mark on Women in Politics
Following the elections and President Jacob Zuma's recent cabinet appointments, South Africa has missed its last opportunity - so tantalizingly close - to achieve gender parity in politics ahead of the 2015 deadline. The 50% target for women's...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Solomon MP calls for reserved seats for women in national parliament
Solomon Islands Member of Parliament Hon. Milner Tozaka says he supports reserved seats for women in the national parliament and calls on the government to legislate the proposal before parliament dissolves in September 2014. Mr Tozaka made these...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Second International Conference on Elections & Democracy 2013
Elections are key components of any democratic system. It is a medium that allows citizens to choose individuals and parties to represent their interests at state and/or national level and to formulate and uphold laws that not only conform to...
Friday, August 16, 2013
SPDP Women wing lauds Mawan’s call for more women representation, Malaysia
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) Women wing welcomes Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom’s suggestion that there should generally be 40 per cent women involvement in the positions of power. SPDP Women deputy chief...
Friday, August 09, 2013
Strengthening Women’s Participation in the Inter-Parliamentary Union
A paper presented at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)/CEE Network for Gender Issues Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 22–23 October 2004 The Implementation of Quotas: European Experiences "...The IPU does not...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Stepping Stone: Jordan's quota for women's parliament seats is raising the profile of female politicians
Jordanian female parliamentarians have come a long way in the ten years since the quota system was first introduced for the 2003 elections. Crucially, the quota system has succeeded in changing society’s attitudes, to the extent that women are now...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Samoa parliament reserves seats for women
Samoa’s Parliament has decided to unanimously endorse an amendment to the constitution which will allow five parliamentary seats to be allotted to women candidates. The amendment was discussed in the house before the third and final reading on...
Friday, May 24, 2013
Somalia: Puntland Leaders Set Quotas for Women in July Local Elections
Puntland regional leaders met Tuesday (May 21st) to encourage women's participation in the upcoming local council elections in July, setting a quota for desired participation, Somalia's Garowe Online reported. Government officials, political party...
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Women Take Seats in Shura Council
Thirty Saudi women have taken seats in Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, for the first time in the conservative kingdom's history, as they were sworn in before King Abdullah at his palace in the capital, Riyadh. The women took their seats in the same...
Monday, September 17, 2012
Solomon Islands: NGOs rekindle push for reserved seats for women
A number of community organisations in Solomon Islands met with Government officials this week to try and advance their plans to have more women in Parliament. There has been a unsuccessful push going back several years for reserved seats for women...
Monday, September 10, 2012
Somaliland: Lawmakers oppose parliament quota for women and minorities
Advocacy groups for women and minorities in Somaliland have raised concerns about their political role in government after members of the lower house voted down a provision that would have established a quota for their representation in parliament...