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Thursday, July 09, 2020
Gender-based violence and COVID-19
Gender-based violence (GBV) increases during every type of emergency – whether economic crises, conflict or disease outbreaks. Pre-existing toxic social norms and gender inequalities, economic and social stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,...
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Grassroots campaign launches to call for gender-balanced cabinet in New Zealand’s 2020 election year
A grassroots campaign has launched this week calling on political party leaders to support the implementation of a gender-balanced Cabinet with 50 percent women and 50 percent men in this years election. The many vital issues discussed each. A...
Friday, May 29, 2020
Getting trolled on the campaign trail: How candidates address online harassment and incivility
From before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a great many activities to go digital, social media has played an increasingly important role in local, provincial and federal elections. Through social media platforms, candidates and voters can connect...
Friday, May 22, 2020
Gender and crisis of COVID-19 in Tunisia: Challenges and recommendations
This brief summarizes challenges and recommendations of the impact of the recent pandemic of COVID-19 in Tunisia on gender-based violence, access to justice, women and health, and women’s leadership and political participation. It makes...
Friday, May 15, 2020
Gender and COVID-19
Background Pandemics and outbreaks have differential impacts on women and men. From risk of exposure and biological susceptibility to infection to the social and economic implications, individuals’ experiences are likely to vary according to their...
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Gender quotas should be an absolute minimum, not a target
By Ciairín de Buis, With more than three-quarters of our TDs being men, Ireland once again has one of the least balanced political systems in Europe. We make up more than half the population, so why are less than a quarter of our elected politicians...
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Gender and climate change: Do female parliamentarians make difference?
This paper investigates whether female political representation in national parliaments influences climate change policy outcomes. Based on data from a large sample of countries, we demonstrate that female representation leads countries to adopt...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Gendered disinformation, fake news, and women in politics
By Lucina Di Meco, As we approach the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, we are far from achieving the equal participation of men and women in politics that was envisaged then. Women today hold an average 24.3 percent of...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Gender-Sensitive Parliaments
The Report on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments is the result of a two-year research project. It follows up on a previous IPU publication, Equality in Politics: A Survey of Women and Men in Parliaments (2008). That Survey had found that women were...
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
General election 2019 in UK: Who has selected the most women as candidates?
With another election on the horizon, parties are busy selecting their candidates for seats up and down the country. Most sides have made pledges to make their candidates more representative, including bringing more women into the race. However,...
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Global feminist collaborations and the concept of violence against women in politics
Violence against women in politics is increasingly recognized around the world as a significant barrier to women’s political participation. This article maps how the concept emerged globally, arguing that it has multiple, parallel origins: efforts...
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Gender equality leaders call for parity to achieve SDGs
The Group of Gender Equality Leaders established by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces issued a set of recommendations on gender parity in education and access to health services, as well as promoting women’s “full...
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Gender equality and electoral violence in Africa: Unlocking the peacemaking potential of women
IMF examines the impact of gender equality on electoral violence in Africa using micro-level data from the sixth round of Afrobarometer surveys. The sample covers 30 countries. IMF finds that gender equality is associated with lower electoral...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Gender equality at a glance
Women are under-represented on decision-making bodies and in positions of economic power. They continue to earn systematically less than men for the same work. Encouraging women to enter politics is key to changing this. More women in politics, and...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Gender in political parties’ strategic plans
The global average for women’s representation in parliaments was 24 per cent in January 2019. Political parties are identified as responsible for women’s underrepresentation, given their role as the main gatekeepers of elected decision-making...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Gender equality in public administration: Pakistan case study
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have recognized the utility and effectiveness of the UN system ‘delivering as one’. By effectively leveraging...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions. Article 2 of the Law, which was adopted by a unanimous vote, stipulates that: "Parity applies to any...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Gender law ‘smokescreen’ for party State-funding in Malta
Legal experts have voiced fears that gender quota proposals aimed at increasing female participation in Parliament are nothing but a “smokescreen” to introduce political party funding by the State “by stealth”. The proposals, which were presented by...

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