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On 29 September, the Liberian House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to pass the Equal Representation and Participation Act of 2016, establishing seven ‘Special Constituencies’, among which five seats would be reserved for women, one for youth and one for the disabled.
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Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Commission Annual Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on 10 November.
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Amid violence-fraught local and regional elections, in which 14 candidates were killed, 300 women contenders were trained by UN Women and the Iraq Foundation. Many emerged successful and thanks to a quota law, women will probably hold 26 per cent of seats on local councils across Iraq.
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After Kenya’s recent national elections on 4 March, an unprecedented 87 of the 416 seats in the National Assembly and Senate will be held by women. As a new Constitutional requirement to ensure one-third representation, another 52 women will be nominated by 2015.
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Press Statement by Michelle Bachelet United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 26 January 2013.
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Speech by UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet at Keizai Doyukai- Japan Association of Corporate Executives. Tokyo, Japan, 12 November 2012.
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Opening Speech of Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the Leadership Summit Dialogue for Change: Women Leaders Transform Politics, Policy and Livelihoods. Jaipur, India, 4 October 2012.
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Keynote address of UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference of Women Speakers of Parliament. New Delhi, India, 3 October 2012.
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Remarks by the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet at the Congress of the Republic of Colombia 13 September 2012.
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While representation by women leaders is low across South Asia, at the Panchayat or local council level, India continues to blaze a trail. Since quotas or reserved seats were provided for in the Constitution, more than a million women have been elected to office, and women now occupy more than 42 per cent of seats in local bodies, as both ward members and village heads (Sarpanches).
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With 44.6 per cent of female parliamentarians, Senegal has come close to achieving parity in its National Assembly. 64 women now occupy a total of 150 seats, up from 33.
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Statement by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women
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UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, statement at the Women's Foreign Policy Group, 20 April, 2012 Washington, DC.
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Remarks of Michelle Bachelet,Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the National Conference “Morocco on the Path towards Equality: Legal and Institutional Advances for Gender Equitable Public Policies, 8 March 2012, Rabat, Morocco.
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Remarks of Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at the Press Conference on Women in Politics, 2 February 2012
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Introductory statement by UN Women Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Lakshmi Puri at the Third Committee of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly on the advancement of women, 10 October 2011.