Launch of "Getting Ahead: Testimonials of Women in Politics"

Mar 9, 2009

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As part of the 53rd Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and to celebrate the International Women’s Day, The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) and its partners launched a film entitled “Getting Ahead: Testimonials of Women in Politics.”

The film features the stories of prominent women leaders from Burundi, Canada, Ireland, Jordan, Namibia, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, and Uganda.  In each of the profiled testimonials, women shared their personal journeys in politics and strategies on how to succeed in it.

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.