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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
History made in Taiwan: two women candidates compete in 2016 presidential campaign
Taiwan’s top two political parties have each nominated a woman to run in the 2016 presidential election. With Tsai Ing-Wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Hung Hsiu-chu of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Taiwan is poised to have...
Anson Chan
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Hong Kong’s ‘Iron Lady’ takes up democracy fight with Beijing
She is often called the “Iron Lady” of Hong Kong. Anson Chan earned respect serving as Hong Kong’s second-highest official when the British were in charge. And when the colony was handed back to China in 1997, Beijing enlisted Chan to help with that...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Helen Clark on Women's Political Empowerment
UNDP Administrator and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark talks about the challenges and the undeniable gains of empowering women to participate in politics at the highest levels.
Friday, May 02, 2014
How to follow up on UN Human Rights Recommendations: A practical guide for civil society
Follow-up activities aim at ensuring that recommendations and decisions by human rights mechanisms and bodies are implemented so as to improve respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights for all. UN human rights mechanisms and bodies seek...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Hearts and Minds – Women of India Speak
The photo essay captures the voices and hopes for change of hundreds of elected women representatives in five states across India. The ‘Hearts and Minds’ report is aimed at sharing the “lived experiences” of women and girls in India and ensuring...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Hearts and Minds, India
Women of India Speak brings to the centre stage the “lived experiences” of women and girls in India. It ensures that the voices of those who remain socially, economically and geographically marginalized are meaningfully reflected in the emerging...
Friday, November 08, 2013
How to Secure the Gains Afghan Women Have Made
The women of Afghanistan today aren’t the same women of 2001. They’ve expanded their access to health care, education, justice, and political power. As Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa noted Tuesday in a congressional hearing, “Afghan...
Friday, November 08, 2013
How to Secure the Gains Afghan Women Have Made
The women of Afghanistan today aren’t the same women of 2001. They’ve expanded their access to health care, education, justice, and political power. As Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa noted Tuesday in a congressional hearing, “Afghan...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
How Women Are Increasingly Winning Parliamentary Elections In India & World Over
  Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature.       When we analysed the data on women MLAs across India, we...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
How Women Are Increasingly Winning Parliamentary Elections In India & World Over
Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature.  When we analysed the data on women MLAs across India, we found...
Photo: aware.org.sg; Halima Yacob, the first woman Speaker of Singapore Parliament
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Halimah Yacob Became First Woman Speaker of the Singapore Parliament
Halima Yacob became the first woman and the 9th Speaker of Singapore Parliament on 14 January 2013.   Halimah Yacob, is a 58-year-old Indian lady born in Singapore. She has been in politics previously as Ministry of Community Development, Youth and...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Handbook for Women’s Rights Advocates
IFES has produced a handbook to serve as a tool for advocates of women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan, as well as Women of Influence.  Women of Influence are those who pursue information about candidates’ policies and programs, engage...