International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics iKNOWpolitics

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  • USA: 19th Amendment: How far have women in politics come since 1920?
  • Ninety years after the 19th Amendment enshrined women’s right to political participation in the US Constitution, women may be having one of their most influential years yet in American politics, analysts say.
  • The first 50 years of American women’s suffrage was “votes without leverage,” according to a book of the same name by Anna Harvey, a political scientist at New York University. But women’s leverage on politics is now stronger than ever, and it appears to be growing with each successive election cycle. (Homepage).

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About iKNOW politics: The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is an online workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. 

It is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

The goal of iKNOW Politics is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life by utilizing a technology-enabled forum. The iKNOW Politics Web site plays a central role in achieving this goal by offering users the opportunity to:

  • Access resources, including the online library and the information and expertise of other users, experts and practitioners;
  • Create knowledge through mediated discussion forums, information exchange and consolidated expert responses to member queries; and
  • Share experiences by using tools specifically designed to facilitate the exchange of lessons learned and best practices among members of a global community committed to the advancement of women in politics.

In order to provide the highest possible level of accessibility and ensure wide-scale use, the content and resources on the iKNOW Politics Web site are available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

iKNOW Politics team consists of the following people:

  • Piyoo Kochar, Project Manager Ad-Interim and Knowledge Network Facilitator.
  • Rossana Andía, Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean and Spanish Language Facilitator.
  • Tristanti Mitayani, Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific.
  • Mariam Diallo-Drame, Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa region and French Language Facilitator.
  • Doaa Abdelaal, Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa and Arabic Language Facilitator.
  • Lotte Geunis, Junior Consultant.

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