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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Strengthening women's participation in local governance: lessons and strategies
South Africa has made great strides in establishing a constitutional and legislative framework for building a participatory democracy. This paper seeks to explore the extent to which existing participatory mechanisms enable active participation by...
Monday, November 26, 2018
Syrian women seek role in drafting constitution
As the United Nations is working with local and international stakeholders to draft a new Syrian constitution, Syrian women demand a seat at the table to ensure their concerns and insights are considered in a future Syrian state. The demand for...
Friday, August 24, 2018
South Africa: Organisations have their say on women's rights, gender parity in parly
A number of organisations representing the interests of women have gathered in Parliament on Monday for a Women’s Charter Review Conference. The conference serves as a launch pad to engage women across all sectors of society on issues like gender-...
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Saudi Arabia may execute first female political activist
Human rights activists are campaigning to save the life of the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be sentenced to death over her political activism.  Israa al-Ghomgham, 29, was arrested along with her husband Moussa al-Hashem in December 2015 for their...
Monday, August 20, 2018
Smashing records: More women have won primaries than ever before
Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving the way for November battles that could...
Friday, July 27, 2018
South Asia: Parliamentarians need to step it up for gender equality
“STEP IT UP for gender equality” was one among the many commitments renewed at the South Asian Speakers Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation, convened by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Sri Lanka’s Parliament...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Somaliland: First steps taken to increase women’s participation in politics
In recent months, the developing nation of Somaliland has made a number of steps towards encouraging the active participation of women throughout its institutions. As the writer of the article below notes, newly-elected President Hon. Musa Bihi...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Solomon Islands: Practice parliament for women to level the playing field for women’s political participation
As a response to gender norms that continue to work against women’s entry into politics, 50 women across the eight provinces of the Solomon Islands are currently gathered in Honiara for the Second Practice Parliament for Women. According to the...
Monday, June 11, 2018
Salote Radrodro
Salote Vuibureta Radrodro is a member of the Parliament of Fiji. She was elected for the first time in the Fijian general election, 2014, for the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA). Before entering parliament, Radrodro had worked for 36 years...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Stacey Abrams wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor
Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former State House leader, who will test just how much the state’s traditionally...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Summary of the e-Discussion on Women’s Participation in Local Government
The e-Discussion on Women’s Political Representation and Participation at the local level was launched on 2 February 2018 in Arabic, English, French and Spanish and ended on 8 March 2018. Experts, practitioners, and researchers discussed about the...
Friday, April 27, 2018
Seychelles: Gender parity in President Faure’s revamped cabinet
President Danny Faure has announced a cabinet reshuffle involving a reduction in the size of the Cabinet which will now comprise 10 ministers in addition to the president and the vice‑president. The previous cabinet, which was named on July 2017,...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Seattle poised to elect first woman mayor since 1926: Durkan, Moon and Oliver lead the pack
Seattle last elected a woman as chief executive in 1926. Bertha Knight Landes was the first woman to lead a major U.S. city, occupying the mayor’s office for two years after having served as president of the City Council. Seattle will elect a woman...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
State elections see infusion of first-time women candidates
Christine Lui Chen, a 36-year-old health care executive in New Jersey and mother of two small children, had never considered entering politics, focusing instead on her family, her career and her community. That all changed in January, 13 hours after...
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...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Summary Video of the WIP Mexico Summit 2015
The Women in Parliaments (WIP) and the Mexican Senate co-hosted the Mexico Summit on 7-9 October 2015.  Marking the 40th anniversary of the First World Conference on Women, a conference in 1975 that defined a World Plan of Action for the...
women in local government
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Summary of the E-discussion on women mayors, heads of villages, towns and cities
On September 12th 2014 iKNOW Politics launched an online discussion about women’s access to, and experience in, mayoral positions. The discussion received contributions from several countries, including Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Colombia,...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Saudi Women Hope For Greater Rights In 2015
Saudi Arabian women’s headline-grabbing 2011 driving protests were a seminal moment for women’s rights in this ultraconservative Muslim country. Next year, they’ll finally get to taste the fruits of that activism — though not quite in the way they...