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Monday, March 08, 2021
Being a woman leader: the strengths, and the challenges and inspiration to overcome them
The theme of 2021 International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” We asked participants in the UNDP Enhancing Women’s Role in Politics and Decision-Making at the Subnational Level in Ukraine project...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2021: Photo shows the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States. ... [+] XINHUA NEWS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Biden, Harris Form A White House Gender Policy Council
President Biden and Vice President Harris announced the formation of a White House Gender Policy Council earlier this week. According to the administration, the council's aim is "to guide and coordinate government policy that impacts women and girls...
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (left) and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Simonyte (right) have both appointed gender-balanced cabinets.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Balkan Blog: Women's political representation or real political power?
Central and Southeast Europe now accounts for a third of the tiny number of states worldwide that have gender-balanced cabinets — but higher female representation in politics doesn’t necessarily equate to women holding real power. Two more Central...
Friday, May 31, 2019
Between glass ceilings and glass walls: A study of women's participation in public administration in the Arab States
Inclusive decision-making is necessary in terms of both legitimacy and good policy outcomes. Recognizing this, closing persistent gender gaps in public life has emerged as a critical policy issue as countries increase their efforts to foster...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
BBC Podcast: General Election 2017 and women at Westminster
What impact is the snap Election having on the selection of female candidates? With less than 7 weeks to go some parties are changing the way they're choosing who'll contest seats. Will women win or lose out on better representation at Westminster...
Financing for Gender Equality
Monday, April 10, 2017
Book on Financing for Gender Equality: Realising Women’s Rights through Gender Responsive Budgeting
This collection of essays addresses the glaring gap between policy commitments and actual investments in gender equality, ranging across sectors and focusing on development aid, peace-building and climate funds. Casting a spotlight on the...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Bringing the voices of women parliamentarians to CSW 61
The IPU held several events during the first week of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which took place in New York from 13 to 24 March. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and the UN Women Executive Director...
Friday, March 24, 2017
Book: Women's Activism in Africa, Struggles for Rights and Representation
This book is an overview of women’s activism and political struggles in contemporary Africa, and the ways in which the continent's women are shaping the struggle for women’s rights internationally. Throughout Africa, growing numbers of women are...
Friday, September 09, 2016
Bahrain Institute for Public Administration is Helping Women to Access the Labor Market
Bahrain Institute for Public Administration (BIPA) Director-General Raed Mohammed Bin Shams recently announced endeavors to help Bahraini women develop tools to grow into positions of leadership, a strategy that falls in line with the goals of the...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Barack Obama: "This Is What a Feminist Looks Like"
President Barack Obama published an article on Glamour magazine, where he explains his views on feminism and women’s empowerment. There are a lot of tough aspects to being President. But there are some perks too. Meeting extraordinary people across...
Monday, May 23, 2016
Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership
Women have been leaders throughout history, and today the tradition of volunteer female leadership continues to flourish. Yet in terms of paid leadership, women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Barriers women face in Tunisian politics
This article was originally published by International IDEA here. By Hamza Amor, Associate programme officer, Tunis office. Since starting its transition to democracy in 2011 Tunisia has been heralded as success story in the region. Since the 2014...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Baroness D'Souza
This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Book: Women of Power - Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide by Torild Skard
Torild Skard's recent book, Women of Power, has just been awarded the Outstanding Academic Title for 2015 by CHOICE, the US Library journal. The author is the former first woman President of the Norwegian Upper House, former Director of the Status...
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
BRIDGE Project Encourages Women's Voting in Haiti
Sixteen years ago the BRIDGE –Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections– project was initiated. This is a joint initiative between the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the International...
Photo-ONU Femmes
Monday, January 26, 2015
Beijing 20+ - What is it?
by Lucile Huguet, iKNOW Politics writer Context and origin : The Beijing Conference took place in September 1995 and was the Fourth World Conference on Women. The previous three were respectively held in Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980 and...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Book launch: Political ‘barriers to entry’ for women highlighted
South Asian writers avoid writing on gender issues, but Dr Anita Weiss rightly explained the political paths of domestic powers in South Asian countries and identified the power distribution, political priorities, identity and women empowerment...
Birgitta Jonsdottir
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Birgitta Jónsdóttir
iKNOW Politics speaks with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Parliament, Iceland about the changing face of politics and how she began her career.

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