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Friday, July 05, 2019
The cost of doing politics? Analyzing violence and harassment against female politicians
Violence against women in politics is increasingly recognized around the world as a significant barrier to women’s political participation, following a troubling rise in reports of assault, intimidation, and abuse directed at female politicians. Yet...
Monday, November 19, 2018
The law and violence against women in politics
Latin America has been at the vanguard in implementing diverse strategies to combat violence against women in politics (VAWIP). In 2012, Bolivia became the first country to criminalize “political violence and harassment against women” with Law 243....
Friday, November 16, 2018
Turning the tide on violence against women in politics: How are we measuring up?
Violence against women in politics (VAWP) is a human rights violation, as it prevents the realization of political rights. Violence against women in political and public life can be understood as “any act or threat of gender-based violence,...
Monday, March 27, 2017
The Price of Power: Power Seeking and Backlash Against Female Politicians
In an effort to address the persistent gender gap at the highest levels of political office, this study investigates one of the stereotype-based social costs that women face as political candidates. Because power and power-seeking are central to the...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The ‘Joyce Banda Effect’: Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in Malawi
In the 2014 elections in Malawi, the incumbent female president Joyce Banda lost the presidency, and the number of women MPs was reduced from 43 to 33. This decline in women representation came despite opinion polls showing strong support for women’...
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The 10 best and worst countries for female public leaders – in charts
How much progress are women really making as public leaders? We’ve gleaned the statistics to find out where women are getting to the top, as both public officials and parliamentarians. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as of 1 January 2015...
Monday, August 18, 2014
Tunisian Women: Political Role, Gains and Challenges (The Case of Parity)
2011 was the year where Tunisian history suddenly witnessed a significant turnout by the outbreak of the popular uprising in Tunisia causing the fall of the authoritarian regime. That revolutionary movement led to free elections of the National...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tunisia: The Collective Making of a Constitution
Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) session held on 26 January 2014 did not put an end to disagreements among its members. However, it did represent the culmination of the work done by members. These members were elected by people on 23...
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Paradox of Gender Responsive Budgeting (India)
Despite the steps towards gender responsive budgeting, the budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment show a decline. Not only has the magnitude of the gender budget as a proportion of the total expenditure of the...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Power of Political Voice: Women's Political Representation and Crime in India
Using state-level variation in the timing of political reforms, we find that an increase in female representation in local government induces a large and significant rise in documented crimes against women in India. Our evidence suggests that this...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Turkey's Response to the Global Gender Regime
Most would agree that a global gender equality regime has been established (for example CEDAW), but it is less clear how those global gender equality norms ‘travel’ to different localities and interact with local politics, cultural and religious...
Friday, March 18, 2011
The political representation of women and ethnic minorities in established democracies
The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the persistent obstacles to women’s and ethnic minority representation in politics, and to examine conditions and strategies across various countries that appear to facilitate better political...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Participation of Women in South Africa's First Democratic Election
This article describes the participation of women in the 1994 election in South Africa, and the particular difficulties women candidates faced during this election.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Talking of Gender: Words and Meanings in Development Organisations
This article reflects on the vocabulary commonly used within development organisations to communicate about 'gender and development'. It argues that the relevant terminology, though frequently used, remains problematic.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Politics of the Marginalised: Dalits and Women's Activism in India
This article describes how caste identity determines the place that women activists are given by villagers in their fieldwork and within women's organisations. It also explores how Dalit women are using their caste identity, alongside their identity...
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The Peace and Conflict Gender Analysis: UNIFEM's Research in the Solomon Islands
This paper, published in Gender and Development, discusses the research methodology and results of the 2005 Peace and Conflict Gender Analysis conducted by UNIFEM in the Solomon Islands. The use of gender analysis to shape peace processes would help...
Monday, June 04, 2007
The Argentinean Women's Experience: From the First Quota Law in the World to the Feminist Power
This paper describes the experience of Argentina with gender quotas. It discusses the factors that led to its implementation, focusing particularly on the role of women in ensuring the adoption of quota laws. It also examines the strategies for and...
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The Rise of Women Leaders in the Philippines: A Study of Corazon Aquino & Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Despite the Philippines’ patriarchal institutions, narrow elite class, and repression of women, other social variables such as family ties, the Catholic Church, corruption, and gender symbolism have provided an opening for women to enter into the...