Women and political participation

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly [on the report of the Third Committee (A/66/455 and Corr.1)] 66/130. Women and political participation The General Assembly, Reaffirming the obligations of all States to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms as stated in the Charter of the United Nations, and guided by the purposes and principles of human rights instruments, Reaffirming also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1 which states that everyone has the right to take part in the Government of his or her country directly, or through freely chosen representatives, and…Read more

Rwanda’s women continue their record of successful leadership

The Rwanda Government’s continued commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment are yielding fruit daily. Women’s experience in leadership, gained through the political will of President Paul Kagame and his Cabinet, and because of the operation since 2003 of the Constitutional quota that 30 percent of all positions in leadership and decision making should be allocated to women, is contributing to substantial development. This week, the Governor of the Eastern Province, and former mayor of the City of Kigali and MP, Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, a graduate of James Cook University Australia, was…Read more

World Leaders Draw Attention to Central Role of Women’s Political Participation in Democracy

United Nations, New York — Women make up less than 10 percent of world leaders. Globally less than one in five members of parliament is a woman. The 30 percent critical mass mark for women’s representation in parliament has been reached or exceeded in only 28 countries. At a high-level event today, during the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, women political leaders will strongly call for increasing women’s political participation and decision-making across the world. Stressing that women’s participation is fundamental to democracy and essential to the achievement…Read more
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