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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Bhutan: women’s participation in political parties increases
With 23 women participating in the upcoming National Assembly elections, the number of women candidates has increased compared to past elections. In the 2018 elections, the four registered political parties fielded 19 female candidates. However,...
Friday, August 04, 2023
Building the evidence base on participation of indigenous peoples in elections
For the past year, IFES has partnered with three global organizations fighting for the political, social, and economic rights of Indigenous Peoples, including Indigenous women and Indigenous persons with disabilities. Fundación Guillermo Toriello...
Source: Daily Observer
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Bangladesh: Important role of women participation in BD politics
Despite the remarkable progress of women in many professions, politics is not one of them. Indeed, around the world, women have been conspicuous by their absence in decision and policy making in government. The real empowerment of women is achieved...
Women and Power in Africa
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Book talk: Women and Power in Africa - Aspiring, Campaigning, and Governing
This talk brings together experts on gender and African politics to examine trends in women’s political participation across the continent. In Women and Power in Africa, editors Leonardo Arriola, Martha Johnson and Melanie Phillips bring together a...
Routledge
Monday, February 20, 2023
Book: Sell-Outs or Warriors for Change? A Comparative Look at Conservative Women in Politics in Democracies
This book addresses the central question of how right-wing women navigate the cross-pressures between gender identity and political ideology. The hope has always been that more women in politics would lead to greater inclusion of women’s voices and...
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Thursday, December 01, 2022
Between sexual objectification and death threats: Electoral officials all over the world face unprecedented levels of disinformation, aggression and harassment
Recent media reports highlighted the worrying level of online harassment against poll workers around the 2022 United States mid-term elections. Ongoing work by International IDEA confirms that this phenomenon is not limited to the US. Disinformation...
Between Westminster and Brussels: Putting the “Parliament” in parliamentary ethnography (Cambridge University Press)
Friday, August 12, 2022
Between Westminster and Brussels: Putting the “Parliament” in parliamentary ethnography
Gender and politics scholars are increasingly making appeals to ethnographic methodology to bring important contributions to understand the reproduction of gender, gender hierarchies, gendered relations, and their redress in parliamentary settings....
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Monday, July 25, 2022
Breaking barriers to women’s participation in politics in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine
This paper examines the barriers that still inhibit women’s political participation in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. It explains the main roots of women’s underrepresentation, first looking at public attitudes in the three countries regarding the...
Best practices: Promoting gender balanced appointments (RepresentWomen)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Best practices: Promoting gender balanced appointments
To inform our own programming on advancing gender-balanced appointments and to establish a scalable, replicable, transformative model for advancing gender-balanced appointments, RepresentWomen gathered learnings from five similar initiatives around...
Banning babies from parliament shows just how out of touch Westminster is (Picture: The Guardian)
Friday, July 08, 2022
Banning babies from parliament shows just how out of touch Westminster is
If we want more women with children to become MPs, we need family-friendly policies for parents like me in the Commons. As the Speaker welcomes cats into the chamber, last night his deputy criticised my parenting for bringing my toddler to the...
WD 2022 theme is "Breaking the Bias". Image Credit: Canva.com
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Breaking the bias in candidate selection in African political parties
As the world commemorates the 2022 International Women's Day, the plummeting of women's representation in elective office in Africa is alarming. According to the first Women's Political Participation (WPP) Africa Barometer 2021, women constitute 24...
Biden's first year: A mirage of gender parity  - © Washington Post/Pool/ The Hill
Tuesday, February 08, 2022
Biden's first year: A mirage of gender parity
Joseph Robinette Biden stood before America answering questions for nearly two hours the day before his one-year anniversary of becoming president. The press lobbed question after question on Russia, the pandemic, the economy, voting rights and even...
Bolstering women’s political power: lessons from the EU’s Gender Action Plan II - Carnegie Europe/ Getty Image
Wednesday, December 08, 2021
Bolstering women’s political power: lessons from the EU’s Gender Action Plan II
In December 2020, the European Commission released its third Gender Action Plan (GAP III), which lays out how the European Union should promote gender equality in its external relations over the following five years. Just like its predecessor, the...
Build back equal: New handbook on gender-responsive legislation (copyright: Allison Joyce/Getty Images via AFP - IPU)
Monday, November 22, 2021
Build back equal: New handbook on gender-responsive legislation
Lawmakers around the world have a new resource to help them address gender inequality with the publication of the new IPU and UN Women Handbook on gender-responsive law making. The handbook is timely as countries put in place COVID-19 recovery plans...
Botswana: women demand new deal in Constitution (copyright: Gender Links)
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Botswana: women demand new deal in Constitution
Women from across the political spectrum are calling on President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi to appoint an equal number of women and men to the Constitutional Review Commission. They are further calling on him to ensure that the process is inclusive and...
Belgium comes bottom of new 'Women in Diplomacy' ranking. Copyright: The Bulletin
Thursday, November 04, 2021
Belgium comes bottom of new 'Women in Diplomacy' ranking
The position of ambassador is considered the pinnacle of a diplomatic career. However, it is a position that still remains dominated by men. A new ranking - named Shecurity - focuses on the place of women in diplomacy and while none of the 100...
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Monday, March 08, 2021
Being a woman leader: the strengths, and the challenges and inspiration to overcome them
The theme of 2021 International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” We asked participants in the UNDP Enhancing Women’s Role in Politics and Decision-Making at the Subnational Level in Ukraine project...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Biden, Harris Form A White House Gender Policy Council
President Biden and Vice President Harris announced the formation of a White House Gender Policy Council earlier this week. According to the administration, the council's aim is "to guide and coordinate government policy that impacts women and girls...

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