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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Inclusion and Participation as Foundations of Democracy
A great deal has happened on the international scene and in countries around the world since the UN first observed the International Day of Democracy on 15 September 2008. While people everywhere continue to aspire to democracy as a fundamental...
Friday, August 30, 2019
Increasing female leaders in Myanmar
Across the world, people are making efforts to increase the number of women in government in order to reduce gender disparities and help ensure that the voices and concerns of women are heard. UNDP has been working in Myanmar since 2016 after a 2015...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief in Kabul
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard....
Friday, July 12, 2019
Informal plenary meeting on gender equality and women’s leadership for a sustainable world: A panel discussion with the President’s group of Gender Equality Leaders [EN]
As the fourth woman at the helm of the General Assembly in the history of the UN, the President of the 73 rd session of the General Assembly recognizes that women decision makers must lead by example to safeguard the achievements and accelerate...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
In Tunisia, more women in office can make all the difference
By Lindsay J. Benstead, In Tunisia, 47 percent of seats in the 2018 municipal assembly elections are now held by women. This increase is due in part to a constitutionally-mandated electoral gender quota. Women are running for — and winning — elected...
Friday, July 05, 2019
It’s a question no one says they want to ask. But the women running for President keep hearing it.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Some people whisper it, some apologize for it, and some are very careful to mention their neighbors — their neighbors would be the ones to ask. “Do you really think a woman could be elected president?” In ways subtle and overt,...
Friday, July 05, 2019
Is Ramaphosa’s Cabinet truly ‘gender-equal’?
While half the ministers in Ramaphosa’s Cabinet are women, this Cabinet as a whole is still slightly skewed towards men. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been hailed for the important milestone of appointing women to half the country’s...
Friday, June 28, 2019
It’s too lonely at the top for women in government
By Annie Osborne, Women make up only 6.6 percent of heads of state globally. While record numbers of women are running for, and being elected to public office, women are still drastically underrepresented at the top levels of political leadership....
Friday, June 28, 2019
Is this why there are so few women in politics?
The lack of female federal MPs could be due in part to women being held back from climbing the political staffer career ladder, says the author of a study that reveals women start lower in the staffer hierarchy and progress at a slower rate than men...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
I’m pregnant and forced to choose between being an MP and a mum
By Stella Creasy, Labour MP Even when you’ve spent a lifetime fighting for equality, you can still be floored by the way discrimination manifests itself. I never thought parliament would tell me to choose between being an MP and being a mum. My...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It’s time for women in politics to adopt the strategy of their opponents
By Ana Stevenson, For more than a century, the same tactics and tropes have been used against women in politics. Now they must turn the tables. In spring 1919, Congress adopted the 19th Amendment. Ratification came more than a year later on Aug. 18...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Ireland: ‘Mismatch’ between proportion of women who stand for election and get elected
Why does a lower proportion of women get elected than stand for election? That was a key question posed at a meeting held in Dublin to discuss the barriers facing women entering politics, in the wake of the recent local elections. The Minister for...
Friday, May 24, 2019
Impact of corruption on women’s career development opportunities in the Central Administration of the Republic of Moldova
The goal of the survey consists in analyzing perceptions and experiences of civil servants in central administration with regard to the level of corruption, its forms, transparency of the decision-making process and impact of these phenomena on the...
Friday, May 24, 2019
India elects a record-breaking number of women to Parliament
Women will make up about 15% of the lower house of parliament — less than the global average. A record number of women are set to enter India's parliament after a marathon election that returned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power, initial results...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Indian elections 2019: women candidates to watch out for
The outcome of the world’s largest election is almost upon us – the counting of votes by 900m eligible voters begins on May 23. With more than 500 directly elected seats being contested in India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, all eyes...
Friday, May 17, 2019
In India’s elections, female candidates still need men’s blessings
Swati Yadav had lost count of the number of village campaign stops she had made since her morning began — was it 27, or 28? She was doggedly stumping for a parliamentary seat through 100-degree temperatures in the northern Indian state of Haryana...
Friday, May 17, 2019
In abortion fight, 2020 female candidates lead call to arms
For Senator Elizabeth Warren, the moment brought up memories of “back alley butchers” and “desperate women.” Senator Kamala Harris compared it to “a scene from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’” And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand warned about a “war on women,”...
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Inguna Sudraba
Inguna Sudraba is a Member of Parliament of Latvia and former Auditor General in the State Auditing Office of Latvia. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.