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Monday, July 06, 2020
Women’s council sees widening gender gap in economy, politics due to Covid-19
The umbrella body for women’s organisations in the country predicts that the gender gap, particularly in the areas of economic participation and political empowerment, will widen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at a United Nations virtual...
Monday, June 08, 2020
What if...we had quotas for women in politics?
They smile for the camera – the eager new cohort of female parliamentarians. It’s a standard photo, after a general election. A sign, hopefully, of progress. Over 100 countries in the world have signed up to the goal of gender parity in parliament,...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
What Tunisia can teach the United States about women’s equality
By Sarah Yerkes and Shannon Mckeown. An unprecedented number of women—especially women of color—are headed to the U.S. Congress in January. In what has been called another Year of the Woman, a historic 272 out of 964 candidates for Congress and...
Monday, September 17, 2018
Women claim their place in Somalia’s politics
Despite some gains, female politicians face an uphill battle in reaching the country’s 30% quota. Women’s participation in Somali politics has traditionally been low, and a controversial topic in the country. Somali society typically ascribes to...
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Women’s Council calls for gender quotas for local election candidates
Gender quotas should be introduced next year for the local elections, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said. Just 21 per cent of local councillors are women and it would take another 200 years to achieve gender parity at the...
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Working paper: Maternal mortality and women’s political participation
Maternal mortality, defined as the death of women within 42 days of childbirth, remains a looming global health problem well into the 21st century. It is estimated to account for 830 deaths per day, and more than 216 deaths per 100,000 live births...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Will Tunisia's municipal elections change anything?
Tunisians will head to the polls on May 6 to vote in the country's first free municipal elections since the removal of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his government in 2011. Having been postponed four times, the elections come as a relief to...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Women in parliament: Assessing the effectiveness of gender quotas in Poland
Gender quotas aim to increase women’s parliamentary representation. However, the effectiveness of quotas varies. This article explores this issue further by examining the case of Poland, where gender quotas were introduced in 2011. The Polish case...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Women in Politics, by Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat
This opinion piece was originally published by Times of Malta on 18 July 2017 here. By Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, president of the European Public Health Association and a senior lecturer at the University of Malta. Over the past days, the issue of...
Monday, July 24, 2017
Women in Politics, by Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat
This opinion piece was originally published by Times of Malta on 18 July 2017 here. By Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, president of the European Public Health Association and a senior lecturer at the University of Malta. Over the past days, the issue of...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Watch: Crunching the Numbers for Gender Parity
The Women in Public Service Project’s “50 x 50” initiative has a new tool to help chart a course toward its goal of gender equality in decision-making positions in public service by 2050. A growing data base on global women’s leadership can now be...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Women’s political participation in Latin America: some progress and many challenges
By Pilar Tello Rozas and Carolina Floru Over the last two decades, important regulatory progress has been made in Latin America on the promotion of women’s political participation. 16 of the 18 Latin American countries have implemented affirmative...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Women and Ghana’s 2016 Parliamentary Election
iKNOW Politics expert Gretchen Bauer submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. In December 2016, Ghana held its seventh parliamentary and presidential elections since transitioning from decades of military...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Women and Ghana’s 2016 Parliamentary Election
iKNOW Politics expert Gretchen Bauer submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. In December 2016, Ghana held its seventh parliamentary and presidential elections since transitioning from decades of military...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Wanted: Female Candidates for Algeria's Parliament Quota
Algerian law requires the next parliament to be made up of 30 percent women — but political parties across the spectrum have struggled to come up with enough female candidates to fill the quota. While universities in this Muslim North African nation...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Women MPs are the key to progress, says Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
By Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP The report published yesterday by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women at Westminster is an important contribution to the debate on how parliament and political parties...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Women MPs are the key to progress, says Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
By Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP The report published yesterday by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women at Westminster is an important contribution to the debate on how parliament and political parties...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Women gain ground in parliamentary election in Jordan
Women’s rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on 20 September, compared with 18 out of 150 in the previous...

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