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Thursday, August 03, 2023
Enabling women’s representation and participation in political dialogues in Somalia
Somalia grapples with unique cultural, societal, and structural hurdles that hinder women’s access to political processes. Despite introducing a non-legally binding quota, the most recent federal elections in 2022 saw a decline in women’s...
Equal representation? The debate over gender quotas (Part 2) - Picture Harvard International Review
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Equal representation? The debate over gender quotas (Part 2)
This article is the second in a two-part series examining the impact of gender quotas. The first article discussed the structure of gender quotas and their general impacts. Gender quotas play a varied and complex role in political life; every...
Monday, November 02, 2020
Equality in law for women and girls by 2030
More than 2.5 billion women and girls around the world are affected in multiple ways by discriminatory laws and the lack of legal protections. In response, UN Women, the African Union, the Commonwealth, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation...
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Exclusion or interests? Why females in elected office reduce petty and grand corruption
Disappointed by the numerous failures of anticorruption reforms, international organisations, scholars and policy makers increasingly place their hopes on measures aimed at enhancing gender equality and in particular increasing the inclusion of...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Empowering Women in Politics on a Global Scale
iKNOW Politics expert Farida Jalalzai submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. Few social changes have been as dramatic and rapid as women’s increased political representation worldwide. Simultaneously,...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Emerging Trends in Women’s Participation in Politics in Africa
Women have traditionally been marginalised from the structures of state that determine political and legislative  priorities. In recent years, Africa has witnessed rapid escalation in female political representation. This paper  illustrates the...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Egypt women: Rights on paper, not yet on ground
Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on...
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Effective party assistance: Stronger parties for better democracy
This policy paper calls for the party assistance community to develop joint principles for project needs assessment, monitoring of implementation and impact evaluation, that would make activities more effective and efficient.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Enhancing Women's Participation in Electoral Processes in Post-conflict Countries: Post-election Support
This paper is based on the experiences of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its programme to provide support to women in parliaments of post-conflict countries. It focuses on the question of post election support and assesses the challenges...
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Electoral Processes in Selected Countries of the Middle East: A Case Study
The paper includes three brief case studies of the electoral processes in Yemen, Lebanon and Jordan. It attempts to assess how the electoral process in each of these countries was supportive, or not, of women’s participation. It also identifies the...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Essays on Gender and Governance
The essays in this volume explore the multiple factors that influence the process of engendering governance in complex societies. They focus particularly on the changing roles of various actors such as women’s movements, the state and civil society...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Enhancing Women's Participation in Electoral Processes in Post-conflict Countries: Experiences from Mozambique
This paper examines the case of women's participation in electoral processes in Mozambique. It investigates gender-sensitive legislation, voter registration and education, political parties, and training of women candidates.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Engendering Macroeconomics and Macroeconomics Policies
This article discusses the relevance of gender in the context of macroeconomic analysis, arguing that macroeconomic policies are gender-biased in their effects and that gender inequalities at the micro- and meso- levels have macroeconomic...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Elimination of Violence Against Women in Partnership with Men
This article encompasses material that was prepared for a training workshop on eliminating violence against women (VAW). It highlights ideas, concepts, policies, approaches and strategies for a greater involvement and engagement of men to eliminate...