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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Four key global trends on gender, security and safety
March felt more like global disaster month than Women’s History Month, with COVID-19 consistently dominating the headlines. Yet in the midst of the critical pandemic response, we can’t lose sight of how gender is shaping key global trends—and how...
Monday, March 30, 2020
Five things you can do to improve gender equality in leadership
This video on SDG 5 "Gender Equality" looks at how you can take concrete actions to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership, particularly in parliaments. It is the first video of a series resulting from...
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Female candidates face institutional challenges, tend to be nonsectarian, new U.N. report says
With Lebanon’s next parliamentary elections slated for 2022, coalitions should begin pushing to ensure women are equally represented in politics, activists and local advocacy groups said following the release of a U.N. Women report Tuesday entitled...
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Finland's women-led government has equalized family leave: 7 months for each parent
People often ponder how the world might be different if more women were in political power. In Finland, where women lead the five parties in the coalition government, here's one change they're making: equal paid leave for both parents in a family....
Friday, December 27, 2019
Fighting for Space
By Akshaya Annapragada, Seeing Kamala Harris, Kirstin Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson all vying  — with different platforms — to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States;...
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Finland’s new parliament is dominated by women under 35
Sanna Marin is about to assume a role that remains unusual for young women around the world. When she’s sworn in as prime minister of Finland this week, she’ll be in charge of an entire nation. Marin, who was elected by her party on Sunday, will be...
Friday, November 08, 2019
From Sudan to the Security Council: Sudanese women lead drive for change
On 8 April 2019, Alaa Salah took to the streets in protest of the declining economic state of her country, just like thousands of other students and young people in Sudan. She had no idea that she would become the face of the Sudanese protest...
Friday, November 01, 2019
Female Empowerment in Pakistan
Pakistan ranks second lowest in the world for gender equality, placing at number 148 out of 149 countries. The nation ranked 146 in economic participation and opportunity and 97th in political empowerment. In an effort to work towards greater female...
Friday, October 11, 2019
Future Policy Award 2019 crowns eight best policies empowering youth
Policies from Rwanda, Estonia, Scotland, Nepal, South Africa, Europe, Los Angeles and Senegal are this year’s winners of the ‘Oscar for best policies’ Eight inspiring and impactful laws and policies aimed at empowering young people to build a fair...
Friday, October 11, 2019
For women in politics, personal style is a game of chess with the patriarchy
Since the 19th century, when suffragists were forced to ditch their pantaloons and strictures in the U.S. Senate forbade women’s pants, women in politics have been obstructed in their pursuit of self-expression. It isn’t unusual for dress codes to...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Forum of Young Parliamentarians at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Youth quotas to increase the number of young MPs will also be a topic at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly, drawing on IPU research which has found correlations between women and youth representation in parliament. Empowering youth is the...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Forum of Women Parliamentarians at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Over 1700 parliamentarians and UN and civil society partners from around the world will meet in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13 to 17 October for the 141st IPU Assembly. Under the overarching theme of Strengthening international law: Parliamentary roles...
Thursday, September 26, 2019
First Lady of Sierra Leone: Excluding women from leadership has a great cost to development
Deliberate effort to put women in political positions, building institutions and strong legal frameworks, as well as strong human resource capacity,  are some of the catalysts that will ensure the African woman is empowered. These are some of the...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Field more female candidates in state election, Zuraida tells Sarawak Pakatan, GPS
PKR Women chief Zuraida Kamaruddin today urged state Pakatan Harapan (PH) and rivals Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to field more women candidates in the coming state election. She also noted that the ruling coalition GPS has not been fielding many...
Friday, September 06, 2019
For Rohingya women, refugee elections bring new opportunities – and new problems
Romida Begum sat on a chair in her tent home. Nearby, her older male assistant eyed her with a sideways glance. Romida – 27, a woman, and a refugee – couldn’t help but smirk: for once in her life, she was in charge. Last June, Romida and other...
Friday, September 06, 2019
For women in politics, being terrorized comes with the job
When Erin Schrode, then 24, decided to run for Congress in her California district in 2016, she expected to face grueling hours and numerous other challenges, but she never anticipated fending off thousands of abusive online messages. “One of the...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
This Workshop will bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order to discuss research findings which are likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians. Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet target doubtful
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising the percentage of female lawmakers in the Diet to 30 percent remains uncertain. A total of 104 women...