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Then-presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu greets supporters in Odisha state, India, on June 22. (AP)
Friday, July 22, 2022
In a first, India elects tribal woman to be president
NEW DELHI — About 5,000 Indian lawmakers on Thursday elected Draupadi Murmu, an Indigenous tribal woman with humble roots, to be the country’s next president, marking a breakthrough for one of India’s marginalized minority groups. The 64-year-old...
International IDEA
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Inclusion and gender equality in post-coup Myanmar
This brief explores inclusion strategies for constitutional and democratic reform in the post-coup context of Myanmar. It highlights the challenges to gender equality and inclusion in Myanmar, including the role and demands of the pro-democracy...
Afghan MPs listen to the President address parliament in 2017, Kabul
© Haroon Sabawoon/ Anadolu Agency via AFP
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
International Day of Parliamentarism 2022: More diversity, slightly fewer functioning parliaments
On the eve of the International Day of Parliamentarism and the IPU’s 133rd anniversary on 30 June, a snapshot of the state of parliaments and parliamentarians offers mixed results. According to the latest IPU figures, some parliaments are becoming...
Freshman members of the 116th Congress pose for a group photo on Capitol Hill November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
I’m not sexist, other voters are
During the 2020 caucus cycle, I heard it a lot, the refrain of the cautious Democratic voter. I want to vote for her, but I don’t think she can win. It wasn’t, people reasoned, because they were sexist, but they worried that America was. The...
Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi: “This is Malawi, a land of women, who lead, and men, who celebrate them” (Picture: UN Women)
Friday, July 01, 2022
Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi: “This is Malawi, a land of women, who lead, and men, who celebrate them”
In 2021, the world’s political leaders, youth activists, corporate executives, development agencies, gathered in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum to lay the foundation for a new agenda to address gender equality. Following the Forum, as a co-...
Thursday, June 30, 2022
iKNOW Politics Newsletter June 2022
We are pleased to share with you this newsletter featuring the latest news and resources on women's leadership and political participation. The newsletter is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish versions. We hope you enjoy this update!  
Women politicians are subject to significant levels of online abuse. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Thursday, June 30, 2022
If we take abuse of women for granted in politics, our democracy will pay
Online abuse and harassment of women in public life has become a curse on our political landscape. For many, such abuse is simply the cost of doing politics, an unfortunate but largely inevitable factor women have to wrestle with when making the...
Participants of the academy during registration. Khartoum, Sudan by International IDEA.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
International IDEA launches the "Young Women’s Democracy Academy" in Sudan
The Young Women’s Democracy Academy (YWDA) is a three-month capacity-building programme dedicated to empowering young women between the ages of 18 and 24 with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their political participation. The Academy...
Infographic: Mexican women in politics - The Wilson Center
Friday, March 25, 2022
Infographic: Mexican women in politics
In celebration of International Women's Day, we review the history of women in politics in Mexico. Gender parity electoral laws, leaders who value women's inclusion, and fierce women who have propelled Mexico's gender equality movement forward have...
It was nobody’s guess right from the beginning that the Congress’ initiative was unlikely to boost the number of women in UP’s new assembly. But regardless of electoral outcomes the decision remains a laudable one. (PTI)
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
India: Congress’ idea of fielding more women candidates must not fade away
For nearly all political parties in India, women’s role in politics seems to begin and end as voters. In contrast to this, the Congress’ decision to give 40% tickets to women in UP was a refreshing change. This trend must continue beyond the party...
Magazine
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
In a world increasingly defined by crises, we need women’s leadership like never before
We need more women in top leadership roles. We also need male leaders embracing the qualities women leaders exemplified throughout the pandemic. Nothing less than our future depends on it. Women are often unfairly criticized for being “too emotional...
In the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district, the BJD chose Kunti Pradhan who makes a living out of tailoring as well as training SHG members on making aachar and papad. (HT PHOTO.)
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
In a first, women to head 70% of Zilla Parishads in Odisha
With women voters rooting for the candidates across districts, more women nominees were elected in the panchayat polls this year. In Patnaik’s home district of Ganjam, 40 women candidates were elected as members of the Zilla Parishad out of a total...
Image credit: International IDEA supports a regional campaign on women political participation:  - International IDEA
Friday, March 11, 2022
International IDEA supports a regional campaign on women political participation: 'Her Participation, our future' #مشاركتها_مستقبلنا
International IDEA has made women's participation one of its main axes in improving the inclusiveness of electoral processes in the Arab region. To combat inequitable attitudes towards women in the effective exercise of their civic and political...
International Women's Day: Chinese women continue to face political, socio-economic discriminations (Photo: Reuters)
Thursday, March 10, 2022
International Women's Day: Chinese women continue to face political, socio-economic discriminations
As the world is set to celebrate International Women’s day, Chinese women continue to face political and socio-economic discriminations despite the communist regime’s tall claims of women empowerment. The Covid-19 pandemic has further aggravated the...
International Women’s Day celebrates the contribution of women and girls as climate solution multipliers
Thursday, March 10, 2022
International Women’s Day celebrates the contribution of women and girls as climate solution multipliers
Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March), “Gender equality today for a...
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga - Australian National University
Wednesday, March 09, 2022
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga
In this In brief, the authors consider lessons learned in the aftermath of women candidates’ defeat in the 18 November 2021 general election. They identify five intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga: voters’ expectations of reciprocity...
House of Representatives' (DPR's) Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Board Member Dyah Esti conveyed the importance of gender of equality. ANTARA/Dyah Roro Esti Documentation/FR
Thursday, March 03, 2022
Indonesia: Women's political representation and gender-friendly policies
Women's political representation is not only meaningful in terms of fulfilling the quota of 30 percent within the parliament, but also it affects substantive matters such as gender-friendly policies. The importance of women representation in...
Italian President Giovanni Leone and Vittoria Leone Walk with President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford through Quirinale Palace in Rome. Photo: The U.S. National Archives, Public Domain.
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
Italy’s gender equality conundrum
Italy’s new President, once again, is not a woman. But the problem is not just cultural. Two weeks ago, Sergio Mattarella was sworn in as the Italian President of the Republic. He accepted his second seven-year term after six days and seven...

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