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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
How to ensure election-related sexual violence never happens again
In the aftermath of the 2007-08 post-election violence, the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (Waki Commission) documented more than 900 sexual violence cases perpetrated by security agents and civilians against women, girls, men...
Friday, January 10, 2020
Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, faced a familiar struggle with gender politics
The first woman elected to the United States Senate is not a household name. That woman, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas, kept a very low profile. She is not considered a political trailblazer. Indeed, she voted with the rest of the Southern...
Thursday, January 09, 2020
How to put a stop to election-related sexual violence in Kenya
Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Physicians...
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
How women candidates are making girls feel better about politics
By David Campbell and Christina Wolbrecht, With a record number of women running for the Democratic nomination, and Elizabeth Warren leading in some polls, some Democrats have wondered whether nominating a woman in 2020 will mean it is 2016 all over...
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Half of American men can’t handle the prospect of a woman President
In 2019, just 49% of American men say they are comfortable with a woman president, according to a new poll on attitudes toward gender and power by consulting firm Kantar Public and Women Political Leaders, an Iceland-based nonprofit coalition of...
Thursday, November 07, 2019
How women are stepping up to remake Rwanda
Rwanda’s Genocide Museum is a haunting place, one of the memorials in the capital city of Kigali that commemorate a hundred days of terrifying tribal conflict in 1994. The horror was triggered after Hutu extremists blamed Tutsi rebels for the...
Friday, November 01, 2019
How to thwart political violence targeting women to stabilize societies
This month, the New York Times profiled Zarifa Ghafari, one of the few female mayors in Afghanistan. The article’s headline was sobering: “Afghan Town’s First Female Mayor Awaits Her Assassination.” In the interview, Ghafari admitted, “I know I will...
Saturday, October 19, 2019
High-Level Event on Women's Political Participation in Post-Conflict Reconstruction
The Permanent Missions of the United Arab Emirates and Germany to the United Nations and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security invite you to the launch of a new series and first panel by the UAE and GIWPS on the role of women in...
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Here are the most gender-balanced cabinets in the world today
There are currently 22 gender-balanced cabinets, of which 14 have at least 50% of women ministers.  Women continue to be under-represented globally in political leadership positions. Data from UN Women and the Inter-parliamentary Union’s 2019 Women...
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
How women always mattered in politics – but not everyone noticed
Join the Global Institute for Women's Leadership on Thursday 3 October for an event on the pivotal role women have played throughout the history of British politics. Director Professor Rosie Campbell, will be joined by Cathy Newman, journalist at...
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Heena Gavit
Heena Gavit a is a Member of Parliament from India. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, August 16, 2019
How to close the massive gender gap in Congress
By Li Zhou, Women’s lives improve when government is more inclusive. So let’s do this already. \Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Illinois lawmaker who is charged with ensuring House Democrats hold on to their majority, had some brutally honest words for a 20-...
Friday, July 26, 2019
How to get women’s voices heard in African politics
Across the world activists are working hard to get more women in politics. But getting women into politics is only half of the challenge. The second half is to make sure that women are not only seen, but also heard.  This means being able to...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
How we can help women in politics overcome the 'cash ceiling'
By Tanya Nayler, Ottawa recently hosted Canada’s first-ever gathering of female first ministers for a candid discussion of the barriers for women entering and succeeding in politics. While Canada has had more than 300 first ministers in its history...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
How 4 congresswomen came to be called “the Squad”
The term is making headlines, but Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib have their own definition. Sometime in the past few months, four members of Congress came to be referred to in mainstream media outlets as “the Squad.” The story of how...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
House of Commons unanimously adopts new parental-leave policy for MPs
For the first time ever, members of Parliament will have the right to take paid parental leave from their jobs on Parliament Hill when they adopt or give birth. The House of Commons unanimously agreed to new rules that will allow new parents who are...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
High-Level meeting of women with disabilities in political and public leadership: Towards Beijing+25
The 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) will take place from 11-13 June 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility and the United...
Friday, June 07, 2019