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Take five: “Legal reform did not change patriarchal systems or machismo culture overnight”

Monday, November 5, 2018

Katia Uriona is the former President of the Electoral Tribunal of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Before that, as the Executive Secretary of the national Women’s Coordinator (Coordinadora de la Mujer), Uriona played an instrumental role in advocating for Law 243 on violence against women in politics in 2012. With the support from UN Women and other organizations, she gave an important drive to the Observatory of Parity Democracy. In March 2018, Ms. Uriona took part in an Expert Group Meeting on violence against women in politics co-organized by UN Women and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Most recently, the Electoral Tribunal conducted a country wide consultative process which informed a draft Bill on Political Organizations. The new Law on Political Organizations (Law 1096) approved by the Bolivia’s Plurinational Legislative Assembly on 1 September 2018, is aligned with the constitutional principles of parity and intercultural democracy. More

Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections. The dramatic increase in women members is the result of a 2016 electoral law that includes the principles of parity and alternation between men and women on candidate lists for all elections. More

Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists. More

Liberia elections: Making 2017 count for women

Monday, August 7, 2017

In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people who have registered to vote, according to Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC). UN Women is working with Liberian civil society organizations, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the NEC and the media to boost... More

In Albania, elections herald historic increase in number of women MPs

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In the recently concluded national elections, Albania has reached a new milestone with 28 per cent of women parliamentarians. Women candidates benefited from the gender quota and public forums organized by UN Women and partners that enabled them to outreach to the public. Efforts continue to boost women’s political participation nationally and to secure gender balance in local elections. More

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

Wednesday, March 15, 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

Wednesday, March 15, 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

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

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

In Colombia, training ushers more women into politics

Wednesday, June 8, 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

Calming tensions and spurring women to vote in Haiti

Thursday, May 12, 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

Monday, April 18, 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

Kosovo* women police association to elect new board

Friday, April 1, 2016

At its 10 February annual meeting in Pristina, Kosovo the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police (AWKP) voted to change its method of electing future board members. More

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

Wednesday, February 17, 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

Tuesday, February 2, 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

UN Women statement on the municipal elections in Saudi Arabia

Friday, December 18, 2015

For the first time in history, Saudi women were able to cast votes and run for seats in municipal elections in Saudi Arabia, representing an opening for women in the political space. More

"We need not incremental change, but bold change" – Executive Director

Monday, October 26, 2015

Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the International Conference Celebrating the Centenary of Women´s Suffrage in Iceland on 23 October. More

Women claim their space in Tanzania’s elections

Friday, October 23, 2015

A dozen of the women candidates trained by UN Women and partners speak about the challenges they’ve faced in the lead-up to this weekend’s presidential, parliamentary and local elections and how the training has motivated them. More

Executive Director addresses dialogue on democracy in Nordic countries, held in Iceland

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the International Conference Celebrating the Centenary of Women´s Suffrage in Iceland, 22 October 2015. More

Women’s Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

UN Women Executive Director to co-host Beijing+20 “Women in Power and Decision-Making” high-level event in Chile

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make her first official visit to Chile this week to co-host a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February at Estaciόn Mapocho in Santiago, participants will include global women leaders, presidents, parliamentarians, businesswomen, UN and government representatives, activists and a Nobel Laureate. More

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