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Often seen together, likeability and electability is the concept that refers to how a candidate is perceived by a voter and whether or not that voter believes they can win an election. (Lorie Shaull / Flickr)
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
USA: What does “likeability” mean for women in politics?
Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and I all had better campaign win-loss records than any of the leading men. But the question was never whether a man could be elected. Despite our stronger records, it was always, “Can a woman win...
 A woman fills in a ballot for the 2020 U.S presidential election in Fairfax, Virginia, November 3, 2020.
Friday, May 07, 2021
USA: Women outnumber and outvote men, but they don’t vote alike
Female voters are not a sure bet for Democrats, recent research on voting says. While Black, Latina and Asian American women voted for Democratic President Joe Biden by large margins, 55% of white women voted for then-incumbent, Republican Donald...
Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, talks with U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), before the start of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2021. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS
Thursday, April 29, 2021
U.S. Afghan envoy pledges to press for women's involvement in peace talks
The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden's administration would press for "meaningful participation" for women and minorities in ongoing peace talks. As Biden prepares to withdraw U.S. forces...
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses the closing of the 65th session of CSW. Photo: UN Web TV (screengrab)
Monday, March 29, 2021
UN’s largest gathering on women’s rights delivers robust blueprint on strengthening women’s leadership and participation in public life
New York, 26 March – Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, world leaders issued today a strong pledge for women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence at the closing of the 65th ...
(Mary Altaffer, file/Associated Press)
Thursday, March 25, 2021
UN Women urges world to press gender equality post-pandemic
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N.’s premiere global body fighting for gender equality should be tackling the yawning gap between men and women when it comes to political leadership and ensuring women have a strong voice in rebuilding economies after the...
Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan.
Friday, March 05, 2021
United Nations observance of International Women’s Day 2021
The theme for the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, on the way to the Generation Equality Forum.” In addition to featuring and celebrating the...
UN Women and UNV launch new Young Women Leaders Initiative
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
UN Women and UNV launch new Young Women Leaders Initiative
UN Women and UNV launch the new Young Women Leaders Initiative to create professional opportunities for leaders of tomorrow and further enhance diversity in UN Women. We invite 10 young women from the Global South to serve as UN Youth Volunteers at...
Thursday, December 03, 2020
UAE enhances women's role in post-conflict reconstruction
UAE, in conjunction with Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, GIWPS, has launched a research report and a UN action plan to advance women’s participation in post-conflict reconstruction, following a year-long series of high-level...
Thursday, October 15, 2020
UNDP and UN Women launch COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker
Most of the world’s nations are not doing enough to protect women and girls from the economic and social fallout being caused by the COVID-19 crisis, according to new data released today by UNDP and UN Women from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response...
Friday, September 18, 2020
UN General Assembly 75: In a Pandemic World, Where Does Gender Equality Fit In?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold the world hostage, global leaders will gather at the largest annual inter-governmental meeting for the first time ever in a virtual session. The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75...
Monday, September 14, 2020
USU research study: Who is included – and excluded – when making county policies?
A research study conducted by Utah State University’s Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP), in conjunction with USU Extension, reports that women hold 42.5% of leadership positions within county governments in Utah. Susan Madsen, founding...
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
UN Women's Executive Director sees a path to gender equality in spite of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening years of gender equality progress. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2020 Reportfound that female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage are on the rise. Women are also doing more unpaid...
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
UNDP, Norway to work together in Ukraine to support women’s participation in local politics
The United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) today signed a new Cooperation Agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a project boost women’s representation and participation in Ukraine’s decentralized local...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
UK: The government’s botched response to Covid-19 will set women back decades—and shows the need for more female leaders
By Zainab Asunramu, From growing cases of domestic abuse to rising job insecurity, women have borne the brunt of Covid-19’s many ravages. But there has been a dearth of women at the government’s daily Covid-19 briefings. The lack of expertise...
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
UN Women and Electoral Commission discuss women's participation in polls
In an effort to increase the participation of women in the coming general elections, UN Women officials have met with the top leadership of the Electoral Commission (EC) to discuss the road map for the elections. This is intended to come up with...
Thursday, July 09, 2020
UNDP gender and recovery toolkit
This Toolkit on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Crisis and Recovery Settings provides guidance on how to enable the leadership of women and girls while making sure that their specific needs are met. It consists of seven thematic Guidance...
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
UN Women, others launch campaign to enhance women’s participation in politics
UN Women in partnership with the African Women Leaders Network Liberia Chapter (AWLN-Liberia) has embarked on a consultative meeting with representatives of the women’s wings of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) to discuss advocacy...
Monday, June 22, 2020
UNDP Launches Webinar Series To Promote Parliamentary Innovation And Response During COVID-19
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji has launched a new webinar series, to highlight and promote parliamentary innovation and response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the global outbreak of COVID-19,...

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