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Where are all the women?

Originally posted on Andrew McFadyen:
The creation of the Scottish Parliament was a giant leap forward for women’s representation in Scotland. In the first Scottish Parliament elections, in 1999, 48 women were elected, out of 129 MSPs. To put this…

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Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Report from the Global Summit

The Global Summit on Sexual Violence is the largest and most high-profile event ever held on this topic. But while it has brought much needed attention to the issue of sexual violence in conflict, it has also attracted significant criticism. … Continue reading

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Forging New Paths for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court?

Originally posted on Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective:
The International Criminal Court (josef.stuefer). Retrieved from, shared under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. During the International Criminal Court’s first decade, Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo was strongly criticised for his failure to…

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Read IPSR Editor’s Choice: Gender and Political Institutions

The journal  International Political Science Review has published an Editor’s Choice issue on Gender and Political Institutions  which is now available on Open Access [click here] .  This brings together in one collection significant contributions on gendering political institutions, by feminist institutionalist scholars. It leads … Continue reading

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Organizing for workers’ rights and the living wage: a view from the US

Living Wage campaigns by low-waged workers in the US have hit the headlines in recent months.  How do traditional trade unions and the fast rising “Alt -labor” grassroots movements work together to overcome the tough political and institutional obstacles they … Continue reading

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What does women dancing in public tell us about the pulse of the citizenry during Egypt’s constitutional referendum?

Originally posted on Participation, Power and Social Change Research at IDS:
Mariz Tadros An unusual phenomenon was observed on the streets of Egypt on the first day of the constitutional referendum (14 January 2013): perfectly respectable looking Egyptian women were…

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A new woman head of state: Taking on troubles in Central African Republic

Originally posted on IntLawGrrls:
Today Catherine Samba-Panza, a businesswoman turned politician, became President of the Central African Republic. The 1st woman head of state in that country, Samba-Panza joins 2 others in Africa: President Joyce Banda of Malawi and President…

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Towards an International Convention against Violence against Women

Originally posted on IntLawGrrls:
Violence against women is a widespread phenomenon highlighted in various reports of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences. Yet, no single treaty seems to cover this specific type of…

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Two weeks in the life of the ICC

Originally posted on IntLawGrrls:
Headlines from the ICC in the last two weeks, including from the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) (20 – 28 November) and from the Bemba trial, highlight conflicting legitimacy concerns at the Court. For some, these…

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Australia Votes: Women’s Representation in the 2013 Election

Visiting genderpol member Meryl Kenny asks, what will the 2013 Federal Election bring for women in Australian politics?  (Originally posted as an opinion piece for the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Three years ago, Australia’s … Continue reading

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