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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Dutch MP quits: blames not being able to combine parliament with motherhood
A Socialist Party MP is leaving parliament because she does not feel she can combine her work as a parliamentarian with being a mother. Nine Kooiman, 37, has been an MP for nearly eight years and had her first child last year. ‘I realise that I am...
Friday, April 28, 2017
Does Women’s Political Presence Matter? Examining the Effects of Descriptive Representation on Symbolic Representation in Uruguay
The research presented in this paper provides useful insights into how increasing women’s descriptive representation within a legislature affects citizens’ interest and engagement in the political process, or their symbolic representation. Uruguay’s...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Dr. Jessie Kabwila
Hon. Dr. Jessie Kabwila is a politician, academic, and feminist. Member of Parliament in Malawi, she is currently the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentary Caucus.  iKNOW Politics: In 2014, the incumbent female president Joyce Banda lost the...
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Daily Mail 'Legs-it' front page criticised as 'sexist, offensive and moronic'
Politicians join public in condemning and ridiculing newspaper headline that leers at Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May. A Daily Mail front page that declared “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” next to a photograph of Scottish first minister...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Does Democracy Automatically Lead to Gender Equality?
According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report published in October 2016 by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide—64% of seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied by women. Rwanda and...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Democracy Without Women is Impossible
Though half of the world's population, women continue to be under-represented as voters, party leaders and elected officials. Just over 20 percent of parliamentarians worldwide are women. Yet evidence is strong that as more women are elected,...
Friday, April 22, 2016
Documentary on Women in Municipalities in Lebanon
Watch this UNDP documentary highlighting the success stories of 5 women who were elected in 2010 as members of municipal council and as Moukhtara in Lebanon. UNDP Lebanon In Arabic with English subtitles
Friday, April 01, 2016
Dr Lisa Cameron
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Despite trailblazing victories by women, many girls reluctant to enter politics
 The midterm elections brought landmark victories for female candidates. North country voters elected the first female sheriff in New York and the youngest female congresswoman in U.S. history. Yet even with more women than ever sitting in positions...
Dido Harding, Karren Brady, Nosheena Mobarik and Joanna Shields
Sunday, August 10, 2014
David Cameron brings tranche of young, tech-friendly women into the House of Lords (UK)
From top left, clockwise: Dido Harding, Karren Brady, Nosheena Mobarik and Joanna Shields  Photo: PA/Bloomberg A host of young, digitally savvy women are being made peers by David Cameron including the head of telecoms company and a former Google...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Drive for more women in upcoming elections, Fiji
This was discussed at the Fiji Women’s Forum Candidate Strengthening Workshop in the Holiday Inn in Suva, today. Representatives from Political parties met to discuss and support the women candidates that have been announced or with the intention of...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Diversity in parliaments: Listening to the voices of minorities and indigenous people
Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 35 parliamentarians between March and November 2009. Interviews were designed to gather data on (a) the ways in which members of minority and indigenous groups become parliamentarians, (b) the...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Database on Women’s Caucuses
Want to know more about how women MPs are organizing themselves in parliaments around the world? IPU has launched a new global database on women’s caucuses in parliament to capture such information in one useful place. The database is a unique tool...
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi
The International Knowledge Network for Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) spoke with Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, the first female in the UAE Parliament and the first female deputy speaker of the Federal National Council - United Arab Emirates...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Disappointing Number of Women in Cabinet, Zimbabwe
Women make up 34% of the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe, with 32% in the National Assembly and 48% of Senate. Although the quota for women in parliament led to the dramatic increase from 19% in 2008 to 34%, the number of women who actually won, fell...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
David Cameron needs more women at the top of the coalition, says minister, UK
Lady Verma argues macho 'bang on tables' to be heard aspect of politics is unattractive, but warns PM against tokenism Female politicians have to work hard to be "noticed and seen" in the "bang-on-tables" world of Westminster, one of David Cameron's...
Monday, July 22, 2013
Do politics matter? Women in Swedish local elected assemblies 1970-2010 and gender equality in outcomes
In this paper, it is attempted to explain variations in gender equality at the subnational level in Sweden. Specifically, it is tested whether municipalities where a larger proportion of the seats in the local assembly have been held by women in the...
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Disenfranchising women in Pakistan
The gender divide is systematic in Pakistan’s electoral system. Not only that women were barred from voting or contesting in parts of Pakistan, they were not even registered as voters in many other parts. In fact, Pakistan counted 11 million fewer...

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