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Monday, December 02, 2019
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of CEDAW
Background The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the most important treaty on women’s human rights. Adopted in December 1979 and ratified by 189 States, it is a leading tool in eliminating all...
Friday, November 15, 2019
Cameroonian women urge representation in politics
Delegations of women in Cameroon are visiting towns and villages to encourage women to run for office in the upcoming February local and parliamentary elections.  Although half the population, women make up less than a third of Cameroon’s 180...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Canada: Parties not voters to blame for slow rise of women MPs
By Melanee Thomas, When the ballots were counted, Canadians had elected a mere 10 more women in 2019 than they did in 2015, bringing up the proportion of women in the House of Commons from 26 percent to 29 percent. At this rate, it will take decades...
Monday, October 28, 2019
Claudia López: Colombia's capital elects gay woman as mayor
Claudia López, a gay politician who advertises herself as "incorruptible", has become the first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia's capital, Bogotá. The 49-year-old centre-left candidate had won 35.2% of the vote with nearly all votes counted....
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Canada set a new record for most elected female MPs, but advocates expected more
Monday’s federal election saw a new record – the most female Members of Parliament elected to the House of Commons. Global News counted a total of 98 women MPs that were elected across all parties, an increase of 10 from the 2015 election and seven...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Canada: NDP's Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, is Nunavut's next MP
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, was the youngest candidate running for federal MP in any of the three territories. Early Tuesday morning, she became one of the youngest MPs in the country. With 55 of 59 polls counted, the NDP candidate sat at 3,717 votes —...
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers to join forces on gender equality strategy
Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers will assemble in Nairobi on 19 and 20 September for their triennial meeting to consider a robust strategy to achieve gender equality goals in all 53 member countries by 2030. The strategy will include...
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Cameroon: Legislative, municipal elections 2020 - heightened efforts to increase number of women
A two-day capacity building workshop is ongoing at the Yaounde Mont Fébé Hotel. The Ministry of Women's Empowerment and the Family and its partners such as United Nations Women and the International Organisation of La Francophonie during a two-day...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Canada’s first Ambassador for women, peace & security
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada has said that when women play an active role in conflict prevention and peace building, and when their rights are respected, we are better able to achieve long-term, sustainable peace. As Canada’s first...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Call to introduce local election gender quotas
A women’s rights group will today, 9 June, launch a €35,000 crowdfunding plan to help female candidates in future elections after accusing the Government of failing to do enough to address the issue. The Women for Election group says the public...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Canada: Where have all the female premiers gone?
By Jennifer Hollett, Politics is the worst. It needs to be said. We can’t have an honest conversation about getting more women in politics without acknowledging this. I know it first hand, as I’ve run for office one and a half times. The first time...
Friday, April 26, 2019
Challenges and the way forward for women in politics in India
As India gears up for the world’s largest election process, one cannot help but think of some of the unfulfilled promises made when a young India emerged amongst the preeminent democracies of the world. Nearly 70 years since the enactment of our...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Colombia : In spite of the conflict & continued violence, disappearances, femicide, women weave the social fabric of communities for leadership, resilience, peace
In Colombia’s southern province of Putumayo, a group of women is stitching together social fabric despite an alarming number of ongoing threats and acts of violence against them. Fifteen days before her wedding in 1990, Sandra* was kidnapped and...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Close the political gender gap to reduce corruption
Including women in local councils is strongly negatively associated with the prevalence of both petty and grand forms of corruption. This reduction in corruption is primarily experienced among women. A study suggests that female representatives seek...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Contesting gender quotas: dynamics of resistance
Gender quotas have diffused rapidly around the globe in recent decades, suggesting widespread and dramatic transformations in women's access to political power. Yet, quotas often face serious challenges following their introduction, resulting in a...
Friday, March 15, 2019
CSW 63: Violence against women in politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
Context Currently, Latin America is the region of the world with the largest representation of women in national parliaments. However, behind this positive fact, worrisome realities hide. To achieve political participation, women often face an...
Monday, March 11, 2019
CSW 63: Preventing online violence against women in politics
Join leading global researchers and practitioners as they present the latest data and proposed legal solutions to online violence against women in politics. Dr. Gabrielle Bardall, Gender Advisor, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES...
Friday, March 08, 2019
CSW 63: Women at the table!
Women at the Table! Transformative change - Women shaping the agenda of peace, transitional justice and political agreements, is an event hosted by Nordic Women Mediators – Iceland with the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry for Foreign...