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Media Advisory: Two events today at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women

15 March 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong will launch today at 12.30 p.m., the 2017 edition of the Women in Politics Map. The Map, co-produced by IPU and UN Women since 2000, includes the latest global data on the rankings of women in politics at executive and parliamentary levels of governments. This afternoon, the Commission on the Status of Women will symbolically mark the global gender pay gap, when it will interrupt its work at 4.10 p.m., when there is 23 per cent of the work-day left. More

Press Release: New IPU and UN Women map shows women’s representation in politics stagnating

15 March 2017

The number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to the data presented in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. More

From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

22 February 2017

Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community More

In Moldova, a woman councillor leads the way in transforming a landfill into a forest

04 January 2017

Situated in Rapa lui Visan, an important natural tourist spot in Moldova, Taraclia village put up with an unhealthy landfill until Pelaghia Traci, a local councillor mentored by a UN Women-supported initiative, got her neighbours to act. More

Women win record number of seats in Timor-Leste village elections

12 December 2016

In one of Asia’s newest countries, women are breaking gender stereotypes by participating successfully in local elections for Village Chiefs. More

Stepping it up towards Goal Five: More women in politics make for stronger democracies

04 November 2016

Women represent half of the world’s population but their representation in the political space is far from being equal to men. From the local to the global level, women are under-represented as voters as well as in elected offices, despite their proven abilities as leaders and their right to participate. More

From where I stand: Raja Shahwan

04 November 2016

Raja Shahwan, 40, participated in the “Spring Forward for Women” regional programme funded by the European Union and UN Women to promote the access and effective participation of marginalized women in economic and public life. Today Ms. Shahwan is employed full-time and an active member of the Women Local Committees in Gaza, Palestine, which help women participate in local governance and community activities. More

Women’s political participation gains momentum in Moldova

26 September 2016

As of 2015, Moldova ranked 64 in terms of women’s representation in the Parliament, with women holding only 22 per cent of seats in the lower house. UN Women-UNDP collaboration with the government and the Parliament contributed towards the adoption of a new law on 14 April, 2016, which for the first time, introduced gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees. Law No. 71 says that women and men must each make up a minimum of 40 per cent of every political party’s candidates and of cabinet nominees, and amends 15 other national laws. More

Women gain political representation and leadership in rural China

15 September 2016

Working at the grassroots level, a programme in the world’s most populous country successfully trained young women to run in local elections, and dismantled negative perceptions and discriminatory rules that hindered women’s political participation. More

Tunisia moves closer to achieving gender equality in politics

28 June 2016

Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity in Article 49 of the electoral law. More

Moldova takes historic step to promote gender equality in politics

22 June 2016

New law mandates minimum 40 per cent women in cabinet and party lists, gives men 14 days paid paternity leave, and prohibits sexist ads and language in media. More

“Gender equality is everyone’s business” — Lakshmi Puri

21 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Forbes Second Edition of the Powerful Women Summit in Mexico on 21 June. More

In Colombia, training ushers more women into politics

08 June 2016

To address the low percentage of women mayoral candidates in Nariño, Colombia, in 2015, UN Women, with the support of Spanish Cooperation, set up a project to boost the political participation of women in the Department, and increase their representation in local and regional political parties and movements. More

From where I stand: Lucía del Socorro Basante

06 June 2016

After taking a diploma on political leadership developed by UN Women, Lucía del Socorro Basante decided to run for office. She was the sole woman elected as a Councillor in the Municipality of Pasto, Colombia. More

Calming tensions and spurring women to vote in Haiti

12 May 2016

Nadege Beauvil reflects on her work with local grass-roots women's organization on projects to spur women to vote in Haiti. More

From where I stand: Stella Cosmas Chetto

18 April 2016

Stella Cosmas Chetto, 48, ran for election in the Sengerema District Council in the United Republic of Tanzania in October 2015, after receiving leadership training as both an aspirant and a candidate from UN Women. Sustainable Development Goal 5 seeks to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. More

Press release: “We need to challenge folks to step up,” says Canadian Prime Minister at UN Women event

16 March 2016

At a high-level event organized by UN Women, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka call on global leaders to do more for gender equality. More

From where I stand: Laura Bosnea

08 March 2016

Laura Bosnea, 28, was elected to the local council in Râșcani City in 2015, as one of the first Roma women local councillors in Moldova. More

Women’s Situation Room to contribute to the electoral process in Uganda

17 February 2016

The official opening of the Uganda Women’s Situation Room was held on 15 February 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. The Women’s Situation Room is an early warning and rapid response mechanism against violence arising before, during and after elections. More

Chasing hard-hitting women’s stories in Tanzania

02 February 2016

Stephanie Raison writes about a day in her life as the Communications and Advocacy Officer for UN Women in United Republic of Tanzania. More

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