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Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Push for more women MPs stymied in Malawi
BLANTYRE, MALAWI — In Malawi, the push for more women members of parliament was dealt a blow when the government said it would not consider a proposal to create 28 automatic seats for women. Malawi ranks among the countries within the South African...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Proposals to increase number of female MPs in Commons rejected
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Papua New Guinea PM wants to push for more women MPs
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says he's looking to revive a proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country's parliament for women. No women were elected in recent elections, making Papua New Guinea one of the few countries with no female...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Proceedings Report of the “Gender and Electoral Reform: Making A Difference” Conference in Malaysia
The National Conference on “Gender and Electoral Reform: Making A Difference” in Malaysia was envisioned to look at current debates and obstacles as well as innovative strategies and alternative models in women’s representation in the Malaysian...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Policy Brief: Advancing Women’s Caucuses in Legislatures
Women’s caucuses are particularly useful for strengthening the voice of an under-heard constituency. They increase the confidence of female legislators, who often have less political experience than male colleagues, by providing a vehicle for...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Peacebuilding through parliaments
We look to our parliaments to represent us, adopt laws that protect our fundamental rights and freedoms, and distribute resources to those in need. In such ways, parliaments are uniquely positioned to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment...
Friday, March 13, 2015
Programme Officer - Constitution Building Processes
The WANA programme was launched in 2011 after the revolutions that swept many countries in the region.  Since that time 10 countries in the region have amended, replaced or reconsidered their constitutional frameworks.  In these countries, some...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Plea for Enforcement of Law Relating to Fight Violence Against Women, Algeria
Participants in the first International Women's Congress "For a Culture of Peace" called, Tuesday in Oran, for the enforcement of the law to fight violence against women. The bills "must be accompanied by enforcement mechanisms" allowing the fight...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Presentation Tunisian Women: Political role, Gains and Challenges
Prepared and presented by Basma Soudani Belhadj (President  and founder of League of Tunisian Women Voters LET) and Najla Abbes  (board member and co-founder of LET): An overview of women's political participation after the 2011 revolution in...
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Promoting Women: Transforming Women into Leaders
This edition of 'The Parliamentarian' by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association focuses on women in parliaments.  It includes a piece by Charles Chauvel, UNDP's Parliamentary Development Advisor, on promoting women's political representation and...
Monday, April 01, 2013
Political and social rights: women after the Arab Spring
Women across the Middle East participated actively in what came to be called the Arab Spring that began in late 2010. Often seen as second-class and voiceless citizens in these male-dominant societies, they were a key force in the popular protests,...
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Post-conflict & Transitional participation
According to the Ploughshares, in 2005, armed conflicts raged in 27 countries. In five of them, casualties exceeded 100,000 people, and the indirect costs in human capital, infrastructure and effect on future development are beyond estimation. The...
Monday, September 12, 2011
Participation in Constitution Making: Making Women Voices Heard
The Women and Constitution Building Initiative in Nepal was initiated (June 2008) in the spirit of a newlyformed Constitution Assembly (CA) which saw the election of a high percentage of women.  International IDEA, together with its partners,...
Friday, February 29, 2008
Police Reform and Gender
This tool is intended for use by various actors working on police reform. It is designed as a reference tool, with a mix of background information and practical examples and tips to assist in the design and/or implementation of the reform process.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Penal Reform and Gender
This tool on penal reform and gender provides guidance on responding to gender issues within penal systems. It aims to assist those responsible for management, policy making or reform of prisons within their own countries; international and regional...
Friday, February 29, 2008
Private Military and Security Companies and Gender
This tool addresses the gender aspects and challenges of a relatively new phenomenon: the privatisation of security on a global scale.