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Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Gender quotas should be an absolute minimum, not a target
By Ciairín de Buis, With more than three-quarters of our TDs being men, Ireland once again has one of the least balanced political systems in Europe. We make up more than half the population, so why are less than a quarter of our elected politicians...
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Gender and climate change: Do female parliamentarians make difference?
This paper investigates whether female political representation in national parliaments influences climate change policy outcomes. Based on data from a large sample of countries, we demonstrate that female representation leads countries to adopt...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Gendered disinformation, fake news, and women in politics
By Lucina Di Meco, As we approach the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, we are far from achieving the equal participation of men and women in politics that was envisaged then. Women today hold an average 24.3 percent of...
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Guidelines for the elimination of sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliament
These guidelines offer advice and practical information for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on how to transform parliaments into gender-sensitive environments free from sexism and abuse.  Click here to listen the guidelines.
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Gender-Sensitive Parliaments
The Report on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments is the result of a two-year research project. It follows up on a previous IPU publication, Equality in Politics: A Survey of Women and Men in Parliaments (2008). That Survey had found that women were...
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
General election 2019 in UK: Who has selected the most women as candidates?
With another election on the horizon, parties are busy selecting their candidates for seats up and down the country. Most sides have made pledges to make their candidates more representative, including bringing more women into the race. However,...
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Global feminist collaborations and the concept of violence against women in politics
Violence against women in politics is increasingly recognized around the world as a significant barrier to women’s political participation. This article maps how the concept emerged globally, arguing that it has multiple, parallel origins: efforts...
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Gender equality leaders call for parity to achieve SDGs
The Group of Gender Equality Leaders established by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces issued a set of recommendations on gender parity in education and access to health services, as well as promoting women’s “full...
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Gender equality and electoral violence in Africa: Unlocking the peacemaking potential of women
IMF examines the impact of gender equality on electoral violence in Africa using micro-level data from the sixth round of Afrobarometer surveys. The sample covers 30 countries. IMF finds that gender equality is associated with lower electoral...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Gender equality at a glance
Women are under-represented on decision-making bodies and in positions of economic power. They continue to earn systematically less than men for the same work. Encouraging women to enter politics is key to changing this. More women in politics, and...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Gender in political parties’ strategic plans
The global average for women’s representation in parliaments was 24 per cent in January 2019. Political parties are identified as responsible for women’s underrepresentation, given their role as the main gatekeepers of elected decision-making...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Gender equality in public administration: Pakistan case study
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have recognized the utility and effectiveness of the UN system ‘delivering as one’. By effectively leveraging...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions. Article 2 of the Law, which was adopted by a unanimous vote, stipulates that: "Parity applies to any...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Gender law ‘smokescreen’ for party State-funding in Malta
Legal experts have voiced fears that gender quota proposals aimed at increasing female participation in Parliament are nothing but a “smokescreen” to introduce political party funding by the State “by stealth”. The proposals, which were presented by...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Gender doesn't matter in Israeli elections, they said. New research proves different
New election questionnaire finds women tend to lean to the left in the voting ballots, but when it comes to diplomacy and security, they're more hawkish than men. Click here to read the full article published by Haaretz on 2 April 2019.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Goodluck Kwaramba
Goodluck Kwaramba is Member of Parliament of Zimbabwe. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the CSW63 in New York.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Government critic on track to become Slovakia's first woman president
Government critic Zuzana Caputova secured a huge first-round win over the ruling party candidate in Slovakia's weekend election, putting her one step closer to becoming the country's first female president. Official results showed Caputova securing...
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Getting women elected in Indonesia: An interview with WLP’s Siti Nurjanah
Siti Nurjanah is the Executive Director of WLP’s partner in Indonesia, Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia (WYDII). With the country’s presidential elections scheduled for April 2019, we asked her to tell us about the challenges women...