Rachael Stokes

Sep 10

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Guidebook to Promote Women's Political Participation -

This publication identifies targeted interventions for promoting the stronger presence and influence of women in political parties as well as advancing gender equality issues in party policies and platforms. The lessons learned and common strategies in this Guide are drawn mainly, but not exclusively, from 20 case studies that were commissioned by UNDP and conducted by NDI during 2009-2010. The entry points identified are designed to provide ideas for action for political parties, development assistance providers, party foundations, and CSOs in their work to support parties. This full length version, including 20 case studies, is available in English.  The “Good Practices Guide” (abridged version) is available in English, French, Russian and Arabic.

Jul 23

Thematic Paper on MDG 3 -

Published by UNDG, 2010. The paper identifies promising or successful experiences in country efforts to move towards achieving MDG3, and summarizes key lessons and future measures conducive to accelerating progress.

Jun 01

Equal Participation of Women and Men in Decision-Making Processes, -

Report of the CSW Expert Group Meeting, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 – 27 October 2005. In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2001-2006, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will consider “Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels” as one of two thematic issues during its fiftieth session in 2006. In order to contribute to a further understanding of this issue and to assist the Commission in its deliberations, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes, with particular emphasis on political participation and leadership”. The EGM was hosted by the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 24 to 27 October 2005.

May 29

“34. We recognize that according women full and equal rights and opportunities is crucial for all countries’ political stability, democratic governance, and economic growth. We reaffirm our commitment to advance human rights of and opportunities for women, leading to more development, poverty reduction, conflict prevention and resolution, and improved maternal health and reduced child mortality. We also commit to supporting the right of all people, including women, to freedom of religion in safety and security. We are concerned about the reduction of women’s political participation and the placing at risk of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including in Middle East and North Africa countries emerging from conflict or undergoing political transitions. We condemn and avow to stop violence directed against, including the trafficking of, women and girls. We call upon all states to protect human rights of women and to promote women’s roles in economic development and in strengthening international peace and security.” — G8 Outcome Document, Camp David Declaration, May 2012

Apr 03

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties -

How women participate in political parties – and how those parties encourage and nurture women’s involvement and incorporate gender-equality issues – are key determinants of women’s political empowerment. They are also key to ensuring gender-equality issues are addressed in the wider society. If strategies to promote women’s involvement in the political process are to be effective, they should be linked to steps parties can take across the specific phases of the electoral cycle – the preelectoral, electoral and post-electoral phases – and to the organization and financing of the parties themselves. 
The most effective strategies to increase women’s participation in political parties combine reforms to political institutions with targeted support to women party activists within and outside party structures, women candidates and elected officials. These strategies require the cooperation of a variety of actors and political parties from across the political spectrum.
The Guide identifies targeted interventions that political parties can take to empower women. It is structured according to four phases, following an electoral cycle approach.

Authors: Julie Ballington
Publication Country: USA
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: UNDP and NDI

Apr 02

Speaking out – promoting women as decision makers worldwide -

A practical guide on campaigning for the inclusion of women in public life. Published by Womankind Worldwide, 2008.

Mar 13

Is blogging (or commenting on blogs) a guy thing? And if so, why? -

Blogging…”A platform designed for people who love the sound of their own voice and think the rest of the world is dying to hear their opinion? Dominated by men? Well who’d have thought it… “

Danger: Global Cupcake takeover of International Women’s Day -

"Since when did cupcakes become the international symbol of womankind?  Because cupcake themed international women’s day events are being promoted everywhere this week by Oxfam and Concern, by, ironically the University of Sussex, home of many a top feminist academic, and possibly even more ironically, by Trafford Council as part of their triple whammy IWD, Olympics and cupcakes event….”

Putting inequality in the post-2015 picture -

This paper considers some current proposals for integrating inequality into a post-2015 framework.

Gender is just one of many inequalities that generate poverty and exclusion -

We don’t lose points on gender if we admit that class, race and ethnicity also have a role in creating inequality

Donor policies fail to bring real and sustained change for women -

For all their talk of empowerment, initiatives by development agencies and donors fail to tackle power imbalances, and do not allow women to realise their own hopes and dreams

To politically empower women on a global scale we need more than quotas -

If we are serious about promoting gender justice, we should start by better understanding how women get involved in politics

Mar 08

Women's representation in politics worldwide -

Thursday marks the 101st International Women’s Day but how much progress has there been for women in politics? How do countries compare for representation in parliament?

The female face of farming -

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and Farming First have produced this interactive graphic showing how women pull their weight in agriculture around the world.

International Women's Day: what to celebrate, what to condemn? -

Blog from Duncan Green, Oxfam, on IWD 2012.