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by AGORA moderator
12 December 2017
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — For nine years in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as having the world’s smallest gender-equality gap, and for about as long gender studies professor Gyda Margret Petursdottir has been asked how the Nordic island nation became such a paradise for women.
 
Her reply: “It isn’t.”
 
Iceland has a female prime...
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by AGORA moderator
11 December 2017
Like previous years, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign remained in focus across the country as special events and activities were organised in this regard on the government and civil society levels. This international campaign starts from Nov 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on Dec 10, the International Human Rights Day.
 
The representatives of governments and civil society organisations...
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by AGORA moderator
11 December 2017
AGORA has launched a new e-learning course exploring how budget oversight is a precondition for making Sustainable Development Goals a reality. The course has been developed in collaboration with the Project for strengthening technical and functional skills of Supreme Audit Institutions, National Parliaments and Civil Society for the control of public finances in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (Pro PALOP-TL SAI). The project is fully funded by the European Union and managed directly by the UNDP...
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by AGORA moderator
11 December 2017
Our e-Learning course on strong oversight of extractive industries is now available on AGORA. The course has been developed in collaboration with the Project for strengthening technical and functional skills of Supreme Audit Institutions, National Parliaments and Civil Society for the control of public finances in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (Pro PALOP-TL SAI). The project is fully funded by the European Union and managed directly by UNDP.
 
Extractive...
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by AGORA moderator
11 December 2017
Information and communication technologies (ICT) are revolutionizing the way communications and information sharing take place in work environments. This also applies to parliaments. ICT allow parliaments to conduct their activities in a more efficient, effective, and transparent manner, while also unlocking better ways for parliaments to connect with their citizens. 
 
Throughout the...
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by AGORA moderator
1 December 2017

Last week, International IDEA launched its new flagship publication The Global State of Democracy: Exploring Democracy’s Resilience in a series of events across the globe. The report comes at a time of widespread concern about the future of democracy and the erosion of democratic values, and it addresses such concerns by tracing the progress of democracy across a...
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by AGORA moderator
1 December 2017
The Diplomat’s Taylor Dibbert speaks with Sri Lankan civil society leader Jehan Perera about constitutional reform. Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Colombo.
 
The Diplomat: How have negotiations pertaining to a new constitution been going?
 
Jehan Perera: There was a three day parliamentary debate last month on a report on constitutional reform by a select...
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by AGORA moderator
29 November 2017
28 November 2017 – Family farmers need more support and access to food, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency has said, urging lawmakers to consider legislation that improves productivity and boosts social protections to tackle the global hunger challenge which, he warned, is at an “inflection point.”
 
“The main cause of hunger nowadays is not the lack of food, but the lack of access to it...
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by AGORA moderator
28 November 2017

The current focus on the shortcomings of the IEC risks overshadowing the bigger problems of electoral representation.

Currently, all eyes are on the Afghan government as to whether or not it will be able to deliver on its promise of providing free and fair parliamentary and district elections, currently scheduled for July 7, 2018. This past week has been a turbulent period, with President Ashraf Ghani sacking the chairman of the influential Independent Elections...
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by AGORA moderator
30 November 2017
Violence against women and girls constitutes a violation of human rights which has devastating, physical, psychological, including health related consequences on its victims. Domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, female genital mutilation, child and forced marriages, stalking, online harassment, sexual abuse are all forms of gender-based violence that are committed against women because they are women.
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