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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Nominations for the 2015 N-Peace Awards are now open!
The N-Peace Awards are an annual celebration of women who are building peace and preventing conflict in six Asian countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines. The awards also recognize male peacebuilders who work...
Najiba Ahmadi
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Najiba Ahmadi: The quiet revolutionary working to end violence against Afghan women
Najiba Ahmadi is quiet and unassuming – mild-mannered even. She is far from your typical revolutionary. Last week, Ms Ahmadi was among the suited government officials gathered in Britain to discuss Afghanistan’s future. For the past five years she...
Afghanistan women vote
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
New threat to Afghan women
Public support for the war in Afghanistan began to wane in 2009 in the United States and even earlier in NATO countries. It was based on war weariness, the cost in money and lives, and the perception that the war had not been worth fighting, the...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
NGO Forum Beijing +20
Be an active participant in a dynamic global process and contribute to discussions on achievements, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). Tackle together other...
Monday, March 31, 2014
New partnership between the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and UN Women to enhance gender equality and women’s empowerment
A new partnership between the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and UN Women was signed today by ACP Secretary-General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. ACP...
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
NGOs push for boost in female candidates, Cambodia
More than 50 per cent of candidates nominated by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party in the upcoming provincial and district council elections should be women, a coalition of 12 civil society groups...
Monday, December 30, 2013
Nepal women’s talk radio works to mediate conflict within communities
iraha, NEPAL, SOUTHERN ASIA: Sanju Kumari Das is a petite, soft-spoken woman, but don’t let that fool you. Hailing from Siraha, a volatile district in Nepal’s eastern Terai, this formidable 26 year-old commands the attention of political giants,...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Number of women in politics back in focus, Cambodia
Finding out why women’s voices are not being listened to is imperative to increasing the proportion of female political representation in Cambodia, a meeting heard yesterday. The Committee to Promote Women in Politics (CPWP) – which is made up of 12...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
New Campaign Encourages Women to Participate in Afghanistan’s Next Election
On Tuesday, September 17, the Afghan Women’s Political Participation Committee held a press conference on their “For Whom Am I Voting?” campaign in Herat, Afghanistan. The conference was meant to support and promote women’s participation and...
Monday, June 24, 2013
New dawn for Samoan women: Seats reserved for them next Parliament
From the next general elections at least five seats in  Samoan Parliament will be occupied by women. Passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2013 this morning made that law. “It’s a new dawn for women,” Speaker of Parliament, La’auli Leuatea Fosi...
Monday, December 10, 2012
N-Peace Second Regional Training of the Trainers (ToT) Report.
The Second N-Peace Regional Training of the Trainers (ToT) was carried out by UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) in partnership with the Institute for Inclusive Security, from 20-27 November 2012, bringing together twenty-eight women peace...
Thursday, September 27, 2012
NDI: NDI, IRI Honor Aung San Suu Kyi
“Democracy is not perfect, but it is the best system so far,” said Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese activist, member of parliament and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate at a Sept. 19 dinner co-hosted by NDI and the International Republican Institute (IRI). “...
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Nepal: 'One billion rising' launched
´One billion rising´, a global campaign for gender equality and justice was launched in the capital on Sunday amid a program attended by more than 50 noted women rights activists from south Asian nations, local civil society organizations, students...
Friday, September 07, 2012
Nepal: Women's representation in national politics stressed
Vice-chairperson of the CPN-UML, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, has stressed on promoting women's representation in the national politics for ensuring their rights. Addressing the first conference of All Nepal Women's Association, Kathmandu Constituency No...
Friday, July 20, 2012
NDI: Pakistani Women and Young People Work on Political Skills
Photo credit: NDI According to some estimates, more than 60 percent of Pakistanis are under the age of 35. Yet women and young people seldom have leadership opportunities or seats on decision making bodies.     To help enhance their leadership...
Monday, June 25, 2012
North Korea: Women Facing Harsh New Pressures
Photo credit: Jean Chung for The International Herald Tribune Some of his Kim Jung Un's regime’s first policy moves in the economic sphere “were focused on re-enforcing controls” from the central government, according to a new paper by Stephan...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
National Elections and Women Candidates in Solomon Islands: Results from the People’s Survey
A striking feature of elected governments in Solomon Islands is the general scarcity of women. Although some community elders are women and women have achieved senior positions in the public service and civil society, very few women have been...
Friday, March 30, 2012
NDI: Beyond Protest- Innovations in Youth Activism
Sophia Moestrup, NDI's Deputy Regional Director for Central and West Africa, will moderate a luncheon panel, "Beyond Protest: Innovations in Youth Activism," hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy.   Speakers for the panel discussion are...