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“Women’s political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality and genuine democracy. Women’s participation in all walks of life is essential for an inclusive, strong, and prosperous society in Afghanistan, both to meet the many challenges the country faces today and to succeed tomorrow. It is therefore critical that political decision-making processes are participatory, responsive, equitable, and inclusive,” stated Pramila Patten.
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Close to 30 women gathered in Honiara, Solomon Islands last week to research, develop and validate gender-inclusive recommendations to the Traditional Governance, Customs and Facilitation Bill (TGCFB), tailored to reflect the unique challenges women face, and work with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affair to ensure women’s and girls’ voices are heard and included when adopting the Bill.
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Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU–UN Women “Map of women in politics”. The data shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, as well as for the global share of women ministers.
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The European Union and UN Women paid tribute to inspiring Indian Women at the jointly organised ‘Inspiring Change: Equality for All’ conference in Delhi today, with the launch of a new EU film and a new UN Women report.
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Nayna Patra, a 45-year-old from Dhenkenal district in the eastern state of Odisha is a star campaigner for a UN Women project for elected women representatives. She established a school for girls, protected 250 acres of Sal forests and helped women’s groups to get loans.
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The State Government of Rajasthan is organizing mahila sabhas (women’s meeting) in 30 districts of the State to involve women in local decision-making. This was based on a successful pilot of a UN Women programme in three districts – Alwar, Dungarpur and Tonk.
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In celebration of the International Women’s Day 2012, UN Women, UN Information Centre and Institute of Social Studies Trust organized a panel discussion to understand the voting behaviour of women in the 2012 Assemble Elections.
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At a meeting of around 40 elected women representatives in Rajasthan, there is a dynamic leader who stands out amongst the large assembly of women.
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Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Regional Development visited India to follow up the partnership agreement between Norway and India on local administration and democracy. Strengthening the role of women in local politics formed an important point of the discussion.
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The 18th Women Political Empowerment Day recognized the contribution of elected women leaders across India. Supported by UN Women and the Institute of Social Studies, two elected women leaders from Rajasthan and Arunachal Pradesh got awards for being outstanding leaders.