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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Fatemeh Rahbar
Fatemeh Rahbar, Member of Parliament in Iran speaks to iKNOW politics about campaigning and election to parliament as a woman in her country.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Fashion or Politics: Women in the Media, Pakistan
By Halima Tahirkheli, Electronic media has become more influential in Pakistan in the last decade due to the rapid development of communication technology. The media play a vital role in Pakistan by providing information and awareness about national...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Fashion or Politics: Women in the Media, Pakistan
By Halima Tahirkheli, Electronic media has become more influential in Pakistan in the last decade due to the rapid development of communication technology. The media play a vital role in Pakistan by providing information and awareness about national...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Female Lawmaker Describes Harassment in Parliament
A lawmaker in the Japan Restoration Party was jeered during a meeting at parliament and told by a male lawmaker she “should give birth to a baby.” The incident took place in April when Rep. Sayuri Uenishi was speaking on Japan’s declining population...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Fighting the spirits, to defend and protect, Papua New Guinea
Accusations of sorcery are widespread in the communities of the highlands in Papua New Guinea. Often for deaths or illness, for theft or accident, the cause is believed to be sorcery, with the villain more often than not being allegedly a woman....
Friday, June 13, 2014
Female political participation in the Pacific
Last week I was in Tahiti (yes, I know) for PIPSA, the biannual Pacific Islands Political Science Association conference, to discuss China's role in the region and the influence Pacific island governments have in negotiating Chinese financing (more...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Factsheet: Violence Against Women - the Missing MDG?
"This paper is the first of a series of three factsheets on different pertinent issues concerning gender equality and sustainable development. In the context of the post-2015 agenda negotia-tions, we asked SDC Gender Focal Points around the world,...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Familiar Faces and Warlords Set To Dominate Afghan Election Campaign
Twenty-seven presidential hopefuls have registered as candidates for Afghanistan's crucial April 5 vote, setting the stage for a wide-open race among former warlords, powerful officials, and several prominent Western-educated technocrats... The...
Friday, January 17, 2014
First Afghan Women Police Chief Appointed in Kabul
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief  in Afghanistan. Bayaz will lead the 1st District of Kabul. Although the job will not be without risk – a senior police woman was ...
Monday, September 17, 2012
Fiji: Women urged to be more involved in electoral process
WOMEN in the Western Division have been encouraged to become more involved in the electoral process as the country prepares for the 2014 elections. Opening a workshop in Lautoka yesterday, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki highlighted the...
Monday, September 03, 2012
Fiji: 40pc for women
WOMEN should make up 40 per cent of the new parliament and this should be enshrined in the new constitution. Ba resident Merewai Dolewale told the Constitution Commission earlier this week that the size of the parliament should also be reduced. "The...
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Fiji: Call for equal representation in parliament
THE women of Vitogo Village and surrounding settlements have called on the Constitution Commission to ensure there is equal representation of women and men in a new parliament. Making submissions on behalf of the women of Vitogo yesterday, Adi...
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Fiji: Ministry looks for women candidates
IN an effort to ensure women have equal participation in decision making, the Ministry of Women is in the process of identifying potential women candidates for the general elections in 2014. Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni revealed that her...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Fifty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It...
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Focus: Women,Gender and Armed Conflict
 More than two thirds of the poorest countries in the world are in conflict regions.Uprooted population groups, particularly women and children, live for years in camps, dependent on humanitarian aid and with limited access to vital resources.  ...
Monday, April 27, 2009
Fourth Annual Women's Leadership Conference
Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference 2009 is a three-day program, which consists of three components: study session "women's leadership and empowerment of disadvantaged groups", presentations of submitted papers and open discussions. It is...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Fundamentalisms in Asia Pacific: Trends, Impact, Challenges and Strategies Asserting Women’s Rights
This book analyzes the manifestations of fundamentalisms in the Asia-Pacific region and their impact on women as well as on democracy and politics in general. It includes strategies adopted by women’s groups and progressive women’s movements to...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
From Involvement to Empowerment - People Living with HIV/AIDS in Asia-Pacific
This report documents the efforts by UNDP to support the empowerment of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and related organizations in the Asia Pacific region from 2001 to 2004. It examines the achievements made and the lessons learned in the...