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Monday, December 02, 2019
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of CEDAW
Background The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the most important treaty on women’s human rights. Adopted in December 1979 and ratified by 189 States, it is a leading tool in eliminating all...
Friday, April 13, 2018
Citizen engagement in Morocco: breaking down barriers to political inclusion
By Brechtje Kemp Morocco’s constitutional reform in 2011 forms the basis of new laws and practices which increased civil participation in the decision-making process, but more remains to be done. How to strengthen the role of civil society...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Chile’s president is a woman — and she just scored a major policy victory for women. Here’s why that matters.
Latin America has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Yet it also leads the world in electing female presidents — including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Last week, Chile’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a reproductive...
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Canada: New Brunswick's government to give political parties financial incentives to field women candidates
FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's government is winning praise for its plan -- thought to be a Canadian first -- to give political parties a financial incentive to field more women candidates. Premier Brian Gallant said Wednesday more women are needed...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Conversation featuring the Secretary General of the OAS, the Assistant Secretary General, and representatives of civil society organizations and other social actors
In the context of the 46th OAS General Assembly, the institution’s highest authorities, along with representatives of civil society organizations in the Hemisphere, will exchange views on their main concerns, public policies throughout the region,...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Calming tensions and spurring women to vote in Haiti
Back in 2006, in the lead-up to Haiti’s long-awaited general elections, Nadege Beauvil was a volunteer with Haiti’s national women’s umbrella organization, Femmes en Démocratie. It was a Saturday morning, the day before voting day, when she received...
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...
Women in Libya
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Charter of Libyan Women's constitutional rights
Although Libyan women compose half of the population and were at the forefront of the February 17th revolution, among the tragedies of the transition period has been the severe blow to women’s rights. This has included previously unparalleled crimes...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Constitution-making and Reform: Options for the Process
To consolidate peace after war is a long-term process; to consolidate democracy is an evenlonger one. There are no quick fixes. Ultimately, consolidating peace in any country dependson the people of that country. They alone must determine the path...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Constitutional reform: Database review
Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Application Deadline : 22-Aug-14 Additional Category Democratic Governance Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : International Consultant Languages Required : English   Starting Date :(date...
Friday, June 06, 2014
Call for concerted global action to end violence against women
Geneva, 6 June 2014 – The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed a new Egyptian decree punishing sexual harassment as a first but crucial step to tackle the growing problem of violence against women and urged other countries to do more on the...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Constitutional Reform Processes and Political Parties. Principles for Practice
This publication provides a set of guiding principles for constitutional reform based on practical experiences of constitutional reform processes in a number of countries (Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa)....
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
COIN, resilience, and a new approach to conflict: Interview with Victoria Fontan
Victoria Fontan is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica and author of “Decolonizing Peace” (2012) and “Voices from Post-Saddam Iraq” (2008). She is now undertaking her third PhD in the Department of...
Monday, January 20, 2014
Courage Under Fire: The Role of Women in Conflicts, Transitions and Security
The 8th Annual Harvard Women’s Law Association Conference Courage Under Fire: The Role of Women in Conflicts, Transitions and Security Friday, February 7, 2014  Harvard Law School ———— Register here! ———— For more information, visit
Friday, November 22, 2013
CEDAW General recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations
1. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women decided at its forty-seventh session, in 2010, pursuant to article 21 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, to adopt a general...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Culture versus rights dualism: a myth or a reality?
Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Constitutional amendments 'fairer' to women: Council for Women, Egypt
Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) said in a statement issued Wednesday that new amendments under-discussion to the currently suspended 2012 constitution are "fairer" to women. The Fundamental Principles subcommittee of the 50-member...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Constituent Assembly’s female representation shows poor quantity, good quality: women’s rights activists
While the Constituent Assembly may be lacking in quantity of female representation, the chosen members are of good quality, women’s rights activists and female politicians have said. The assembly has five female members: Azza El Ashmawy,...