Young Pakistani Girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fight for their Rights, Despite Obstacles

By Saba Ismail, Aware Girls Executive Director and National Endowment for Democracy Hurford Youth Fellow at the World Youth Movement for Democracy     Pakistani society is a tribal, feudal, patriarchal, male-dominated and a religiously extremist society affecting the life of Pakistani women. Democracy requires informed participation of the public, and ignoring participation of more than half of the population […]

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‘I have the courage to be president’ says Aung San Suu Kyi

Although the 2015 general election is still three years away, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said last week she is ready to be the country’s next president if the people want her to take the job. “As the leader of a political party, I must have the courage to be […]

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Celebrating Elections in India and Kuwait

India and Kuwait went to polls recently. At the end of it, two countries in two different regions have thrown one common result: more women winning elections and entering legislative chambers.

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Young Ukrainian Female Democracy Activist Speaks Out

Ukraine’s young democracy activist Olena Prykhodko describes her greatest accomplishment as forming the Kharkiv Regional Council of High School Students, which was able to bring youth opinions on child welfare policies to the highest national decision-making level.

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Quota Bill in India

Protected by a ring of women MPs, Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj yesterday introduced a bill for the reservation of one-third of seats in Parliament for women.

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Indian Experience of Women’s Quota in Local Government

With a history of over 55 years of utilising the principle of quotas for different groups, backed by the constitution, India should be one of the best practices in the use of quota system to shore up women’s representation to ensure gender equality.

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