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The iKNOW Politics July 2013 Newsletter

iKNOW Politics is a unique platform on women in politics, designed to connect members and build knowledge through discussion forums, the consolidation of expert responses to member queries, interviews, video testimonials, election talks, polls, an online library, calendar of events and daily news. 
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Voices of Women Parliamentarians

iKNOW politics interviewed various women parliamentarians from different regions reflecting on the challenges and opportunities for women in politics, the importance of networking and women caucuses to pass gender sensitive legislation at the IPU 128th General Assembly in Quito, Ecuador, March 2013.

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Story telling

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Opinion piece by Zeina Hilal, Gender Partnership Programme
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Are parliaments favourable conduits for gender equality?

"By posing this question to parliamentarians from all over the world, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) caused something of a stir. An IPU study found that women are overwhelmingly the main drivers of change in terms of gender equality in parliament, and that there was scope to lay some of the responsibility for that change with parliaments more broadly. Increasing the direct responsibility of parliaments in achieving gender equality is one of IPU’s objectives." ...read more



Political Financing for Women

iKNOW Politics organized an online discussion from May 6th to the 27th, 2013, on “Political Financing for Women” in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. iKNOW Politics received contributions from over 70 members from over 40 countries. We invite you to read the summary of the discussion here.

Women in Local Governance

iKNOW Politics will be holding an e-discussion on women in local governance. This will follow up on our e-discussion from 2009 seeking more examples on how women elected officials at the local level had an impact on changing women’s lives with the question of whether having more women in local governments lead to creating more gender sensitive programmes and legislation as well as empowering other women in communities?  What are some examples of women’s impact on local legislation, local government initiatives, and budgets? Join us here for the discussion!

Resource Library

Over 2,000 resources in English, French, Arabic and Spanish on women's political participation!

Ask our Experts

If you would like to learn more about quota systems, need practical information on how to run a campaign, be a successful advocate or are looking for any other advice on women's political participation, please ASK OUR EXPERTS NOW! iKNOW Politics works with over 60 experts from all over the world that would be happy to answer your questions.
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Read our interviews and get inspired!

Interview with Amongi Betty Ongon 
Member of the Parliament of Uganda

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Interview with Farkhunda Zahra Naderi
Member of Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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Interview with Sahar Qawasmy
Member of Parliament, Palestine


The events calendar keeps you updated on elections, conferences, workshops and many other events taking place all over the world AND allows you to promote your events on this community calender reaching thousands of users.


In the news section, you will find current news articles and upcoming events pertaining to women in politics.
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About iKNOW Politics

iKNOW Politics is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

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