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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Somaliland: First steps taken to increase women’s participation in politics
In recent months, the developing nation of Somaliland has made a number of steps towards encouraging the active participation of women throughout its institutions. As the writer of the article below notes, newly-elected President Hon. Musa Bihi...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Scrutinising Legislation from a Gender Perspective: A Practical Toolkit
Gender is a critical dimension of parliamentary scrutiny. Considering laws, policies, programmes and budgets from a gender perspective ensures that they are fair to both men and women. This leads to better decision-making for everyone. This UNDP...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Summary of the e-Discussion on the SDGs and women's political participation
From 9 January to 12 February 2017, iKNOW Politics hosted an e-Discussion on Women’s political participation: a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality, democracy and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fourteen experts from...
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Song on Gender Equality: In My Hand - بئيدي
The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. As part of its efforts to engage youth as champions for gender equality, IWSAW released an...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Summary of the e-Discussion on Eliminating Discriminatory Laws and Closing Gender Gaps
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in decision...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Summary Video of the WIP Mexico Summit 2015
The Women in Parliaments (WIP) and the Mexican Senate co-hosted the Mexico Summit on 7-9 October 2015.  Marking the 40th anniversary of the First World Conference on Women, a conference in 1975 that defined a World Plan of Action for the...
Monday, April 13, 2015
Senior Programme Officer – West Africa
Context West Africa is a key growth region for IDEA in Africa. It is the most populous region of the continent and home to the most populous African country, Nigeria. It is also home to ECOWAS, UEMOA and enjoys the status of being the fastest...
Yulia Tymoshenko ex Prime Minister of Ukraine
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Study: Women in Ukrainian parliament give more speeches, propose more laws than men
Female members of parliament -- a distinct minority -- are more active about introducing legislation than their male counterparts, according to the civil network OPORA. To view the full article published on 6th February 2015, please click here.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Saudi Activists: Fighting for Women’s Rights
This blog was published on 22 December 2014 and updated by the author on 5 October 2018. By Halima Tahirkheli The United Nations 2010 Human Development Report has ranked Saudi Arabia as 128th of the 138 nations in terms of gender equality (...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
State recognizes rights of indigenous peoples
June 12, 2014 became a landmark date in the history of El Salvador and marked a victory for Betty Pérez, coordinator of the Salvadoran National Indigenous Coordinating Council (CCNIS). The indigenous community of this Central American country...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Shaheer George
Egyptian political activist Shaheer George speaks about the 2014 constitution, the role of civil society in advancing women's rights after the 2011 revolution and the different perspectives on women's political empowerment across generations.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Survey Report: Syria Peace Talks Fail to Engage Women
In partnership with the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria, Inclusive Security conducted a survey of 110 women living and working inside Syria. The resulting report shows they overwhelmingly support the inclusion of women, and of civil...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Summary of E-Discussion on Women’s participation in politics in (post) conflict countries: Role of women in peace negotiations
iKNOW Politics organized an online discussion on the role of women in (post) conflict situations and in peace negotiations, in Arabic, English, French and Spanish . The discussion went on for a period of 3 weeks and received contributions from 18...
Monday, September 30, 2013
Side by Side -- Women, Peace and Security
Jointly developed by the Australian Government's Australian Civil-Military Centre and UN Women, "Side by Side -- Women, Peace and Security" explores how the international community has and can meet its commitments on women, peace and security. The...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Suu Kyi calls for speedy change to Myanmar constitution
Myanmar needs to change its constitution as fast as possible to put the country firmly on the path to democracy, Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the country's democratic opposition Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday. Suu Kyi's National League...
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, August 17, 2012
Somalia: Women fight for parliament seats
Women from the civil society and political activists are demanding for their 30 percent quota as the deadline to the formation of a new government draws near. A new 275 member parliament is set to be formed and concerns are growing among Somali...
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
South Sudan: Can South Sudan under Salva Kiir become a better place to be a woman?
Photo credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images When Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, visited South Sudan in May, she heard first-hand about the precarious situation many women face on a daily basis, from domestic violence...

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