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Monday, September 23, 2019
Side Event 74th UNGA: Renewing commitments towards enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa
The Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) recently launched a new Strategic Plan for 2019-2023, with the advancement of the rights of girls and women in Africa at its core. Since 2012, African First Ladies have increasingly...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Suwannee Sirivejchapun
Suwannee Sirivejchapun is a Member of Parliament of Thailand. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Survey: When should a woman have children if she’s thinking about running for office?
By Ruth Igielnik and Kim Parker, As moms across the United States celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, five of the six women vying for the Democratic residential nomination are themselves mothers. These women, all seeking the same high political...
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums
Business as usual is not an option. To fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, concrete actions and intensified commitments to...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Swedish parliament to vote on gender quota for company boards
Sweden's minority center-left coalition will introduce legislation in February to make listed companies increase the number of women in their boardrooms, news agency TT said yesterday. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's coalition of Social Democrats and...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Someday: the long fight for a female American president
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote that American women shouldn’t "wrinkle their foreheads with politics." A century and a half later, when Hillary Clinton was born, that attitude still prevailed. That year, 1947, the US had zero female senators, zero...
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...
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sexual Violence Against Women Aggravated in Times of Conflict
After Amira’s husband was killed in the Syrian war, she found herself adrift in Lebanon. Barred from working and with two young children to feed, she resorted to marrying off her nine-year-old daughter and putting her 12-year-old son to work. Amira...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Syrian Women in Refugee Camps Receive Information of their Rights
Turkey, host to the world's largest Syrian refugee population, which swelled after a civil war broke out in the country five years ago, is looking to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of the refugee community - women. Authorities...
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Saudi appoints first female commercial judge
The Administrative Appeals Court in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province has reportedly appointed the first female arbitrator in a commercial case. Arab News reports that Shaimaa Sadeq Al-Jibran’s appointment came despite the objections of one of the...
Monday, August 08, 2016
Still no country for women? Double standards in choosing the next UN Secretary-General
Six of the twelve candidates for the job of UN Secretary-General are women, but in the first informal vote at the Security Council only one woman made it to the top five. Why? On July 21st the UN Security Council conducted the first (but not the...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Sexism in Politics 2016: What can we learn so far from media portrayals of Hillary Clinton and Latin American female leaders?
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has published an article on sexism in politics. Due to its interest for the advancement of women’s political empowerment we are featuring it on our platform. Click here to read the original article. The history of...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Somalia: Women’s Political Participation in Puntland - Prospects for Progress
This research study was conducted by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) in partnership with UNDP Somalia. SIDRA Institute is a knowledge-policy interface established to fill the strategic gaps of shaping and...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Sadiq Khan puts women to the fore in latest appointments to mayoral team
London’s new Labour mayor Sadiq Khan has announced key members of the team he hopes will help him deliver his manifesto pledges as he embarks on his first term as mayor. It is a line-up which, as promised, gives senior roles to women, confirms his...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Summary of the e-Discussion on "Parliamentary Oversight of Gender Equality"
The e-discussion was hosted on the iKNOW Politics online platform and received thirteen contributions, nine in English and four in Spanish. The contributions were submitted by international organizations, Members of Parliament, judges, policy...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Sheila Malcolmson
Sheila Malcolmson is a Member of Parliament in Canada and the New Democratic Party’s Status of Women Spokesperson. This interview was conducted during the Inter-parliamentary Union annual parliamentary day meeting, in cooperation with UN Women on 15...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Secretary-General's Message “From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards”
After the last International Women’s Day, UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, delivered the message ‘From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards’: “As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going...
Friday, April 01, 2016
Stuart Donaldson
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...

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