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Monday, June 22, 2020
Young women stand ready to enter politics – despite what they have seen
For the next generation of women looking to enter politics, recent months and years have provided a stark preview of what may lie ahead. Research shows many girls and women have been deterred due to sexism across the political spectrum, and Shireen...
Monday, June 01, 2020
Yemen’s first responders are women peace builders
Since 2015 Food4Humanity Foundation, one of Yemen’s first women-led Civil Society Organization (CSO) non-profits, has engaged Yemeni women volunteers to work in areas most affected by poverty, famine, lack of humanitarian aid while also promoting...
Monday, April 06, 2020
Youngest female mayor in Japan elected in Tokushima
Sawako Naito, a 36-year-old independent rookie, was elected head of the city of Tokushima on Sunday, becoming the youngest female mayor in Japan. Naito, who leads a community development group, defeated incumbent Mayor Akiyoshi Endo, 64, by 41,247...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Yemeni women: Making the most of the space available
(...) In the country’s modern history, three major events have influenced these struggles and women’s political rights: 1) the unification of North and South Yemen in 1990, 2) Yemen’s uprising in 2011, and 3) the war that has been ongoing since 2015...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Youth participation in political processes
The Second Annual Summer School for Young Leaders from African Political Parties took place in Kigali, Rwanda, on 6–8 June 2018. The overall theme was ‘Youth participation in political processes: emerging trends of the negative aspects of money in...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Young Women Run New York
Action-oriented conference focused on strategies for stepping up and owning your political power.Elected leaders and politically ambitious young women will share how to best position yourselves as public leaders. Young women’s political leadership...
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Young, female and diverse: Legislatures begin to change to save democracy
As many political analysts see democracy weakened by introverted, xenophobic parties and autocratic leaders, a glimmer of hope is offered by a new generation of candidates and voters. This year will test that optimism in a series of important...
Monday, December 17, 2018
Youth representation in parliament nudges up according to new IPU report
The global proportion of MPs under 30 has increased in two years from 1.9 per cent to 2.2 per cent according to the IPU’s biannual report on Youth Participation in National Parliaments published today. Despite this increase, when compared with the...
Monday, December 17, 2018
Youth participation in national parliaments: 2018
Promoting the participation of young people in political life is becoming a higher priority worldwide. Over one third of the 169 targets established as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to young people and the...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Young women set their sights on closing the gender gap in Liberia
In 2005, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first elected female head of state in Africa, marking a milestone for the country and the continent. Although a woman occupied the highest elected office for twelve years, Liberian women continue...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Youngest woman in zimbabwe’s parliament works to boost youths’ civic engagement
Barely more than one-third of the members of Zimbabwe’s Parliament are women, and the average age of past election candidates has been over 50. That’s part of what makes Joanah Mamombe, the 25-year-old woman who represents Harare West, exceptional...
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Youth in Politics
It’s officially Youth in Politics month! Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men, and while women are often disadvantaged in accumulating...
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Youth in Kyrgyzstan unite their voices ahead of crucial presidential vote
In 2017, Kyrgyzstan faced a critical turning point in the country's history. For the first time, an elected president would willingly hand power to an elected successor. Recognizing the importance of this vote, a group of 15 young activists from...
Monday, October 09, 2017
Yury Fedotov
1. How do you explain the low representation of women in top leadership positions in intergovernmental organizations? This is a complex, systemic problem, and the contributing factors are many. It may be true that there is generally a smaller...
Friday, August 11, 2017
Young MPs speak out on youth political empowerment
Data from the IPU shows the worrisome lack of representation of young people in parliaments. To commemorate International Youth Day 2017 (12 August), the IPU has asked young MPs worldwide to share their views on how to increase youth engagement in...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Yves Leterme
Yves Leterme, a Belgian national, is the Secretary-General of International IDEA. Prior to International IDEA, Leterme served as Prime Minister of Belgium (2007 to 2011) and then as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-...
Friday, June 30, 2017
Youth Participation in Electoral Processes – Handbook for Electoral Management Bodies
Specifically designed for electoral management bodies (EMBs), this publication acknowledges the crucial role EMBs play in ensuring that all segments of the society, including youth, are empowered to fully participate in the electoral process, be as...
Yves Leterme, Secretary-General of International IDEA, speaks during the seminar.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Youth role in future representation and participation, discussed at International IDEA round table
Do new generations of citizens no longer support democratic values and practices? To the relief of her audience at the seminar 'Does political participation need political parties and representation?', Pippa Norris acquitted young people on this...

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