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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Following on from the IPU’s groundbreaking work on violence against women in politics, a parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament will examine strategies to end sexist harassment and gender-based violence in parliament. A workshop on quotas...
Friday, December 07, 2018
Political participation of women: What does this mean for gender equality?
By Donah Mbabazi, Any nation that fails to educate its girls or employ its women and allow them to maximise their potential is doomed to fall behind in the global economy. Imagine if you have a team and you don’t let half the team play, that’s...
Monday, October 22, 2018
Promoting women’s political participation: A pathway to peace
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act, which the US Congress passed in October 2017, recognizes that women’s political participation is essential to peace and security. The act mandates a national strategy on WPS; training of relevant personnel...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Putting More Women on a Path to Political Power
By Alison Smale About five decades since the surge in modern feminism, it is unlikely that most women — in the United States, at least — would have anticipated the current political climate in which gender equality remains almost as elusive as ever...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Pan African Parliament Endorses Ban on FGM
After years of wrangling and debates among African leaders, the movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) is gaining real momentum, with a new action plan signed this week by Pan African Parliament (PAP) representatives and the U.N. Population...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Faces Sexism on Twitter
As the Democratic presidential primary contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has grown much closer, some commentators suggest that Clinton’s campaign is being bombarded with sexist invective — especially from Sanders supporters. But...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Policy Brief "Confronting Violence Against Women: The Power of Women's Movements"
UNRISD Research and Policy Briefs aim to improve the quality of development dialogue. They situate the Institute’s research within wider social development debates, synthesize its findings and draw out issues for consideration in decision-making...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pam Damoff
Pam Damoff is a business professional and community activist who has served as a Town Councillor in Oakville since 2010. Her extensive public service is combined with over 27 years of corporate experience on Bay Street. She has been elected to...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
President Obama designates the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument
On the occasion of Equal Pay Day, President of the United States Barack Obama, designated America’s newest National Monument, the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. This historic house and museum is located in Washington, D.C., and it...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Photo report to commemorate International Women's Day
The Huffington Post published recently a compilation of 60 photographs of women protesting around the world. Based on reports by UN Women, the article departs from the fact that women are generally underrepresented in electoral and institutional...
Friday, February 19, 2016
Power of Parity – Parity of Power: Why and how to increase the number of women in political leadership
This side event will be hosted by the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations on Monday, 14th March 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The side event will focus on the...
Friday, January 08, 2016
Political Geographer Claire Mc Ging discusses the implications of gender quotas in Ireland
Political Geographer, Ms. Claire Mc Ging, based at Maynooth University (Ireland) has recently posted an interesting article on how to increase women’s political representation at the London School of Economics webpage. The article comments the...
Monday, December 28, 2015
Promoting Women's Political Participation: A MONITORING GUIDE
The program “Enhancing Women’s Political Participation in China,” implemented between 2011 and 2015 by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) with the support of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, has three goals: (1) to improve laws and...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Politically Correct Means Not Ignoring Women
Calling something “politically correct” is usually a way of dismissing it. When a woman calls out sexism, for example, an exasperating response is to call her a “p.c. liberal feminist.” Instead of addressing the alleged sexism, it suggests her...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Parliament has record number of women, Ukraine
Ukraine’s new parliament has the highest number of female lawmakers in history. There are 50 of them, or 12 percent of the 421 lawmakers. They are also more educated, eloquent and elegant than ever before. All women lawmakers in this parliament have...
Women in Leadership in Fiji
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership
In the 2014 Fiji general election, 14% of elected parliamentarians were women. This percentage represents the largest proportion of women in Fiji’s parliament since independence in 1970. However, it also shows that Fiji is still a long way from...
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka-Photo ONU Femmes/Marc Grob
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - It's time to fulfil the promise to end violence against women
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has devoted her life to issues of human rights, equality and social justice and previously served as Deputy President of South Africa. In this message, she stresses that violence against women can...
Professeur Muhammad Yunus-Photo: Yunus Centre/Nasir Ali Mamun
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Professor Muhammad Yunus - Women at the centre of our economic activity
By Professor Muhammad Yunus Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. From Prof....

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