Parliaments & Gender: Discussions, Films and Materials

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Women's Caucuses: A Virtual Discussion on AGORA and iKNOW Politics 

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AGORA and iKNOW Politics, the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics, are currently holding a Virtual Discussion on Women's Parliamentary Caucuses.  If you are interested in participating or would like to read a daily recap of the ongoing discussion, please visit AGORA's Women's Caucuses page here.  

To read the Background Document drawn up for this debate, please click here.


Women of my country, Women to reckon with: The story of women candidates during the 2011 national Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia’ a 25-minute documentary produced by UNDP Tunisia

The role of women in Tunisia has been a controversial issue throughout the transitional period, with some fearful that they would lose precious rights from the previous era, and others arguing for a return to traditional values. The film pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of the revolution in Tunisia and competed for a seat in the country’s first free and democratic national elections on 23 October 2011.
The film highlights the path of 5 Tunisian women from across the political spectrum who share their experience of the campaign, speak out for their rights, express their hopes and fears regarding entering politics, and their aspirations for the future.
The film conveys a powerful message in support of women empowerment and gender equality which resonates far beyond the borders of Tunisia. It constitutes a powerful tool for advocacy and raising awareness on women’s political participation around the world and can be used as such to launch events or provide material for discussions on these issues.


English version

Arabic version


Handbook and Supplement for legislation on violence against women


The adoption and enforcement of national laws to address and punish all forms of violence against women and girls, in line with international human rights standards, is one of the five key outcomes which the Secretary-General’s campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” aims to achieve in all countries by 2015.
In May 2008, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDAW/DESA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized an expert group meeting in Vienna, Austria, on good practices in legislation on violence against women. That meeting prepared a model framework for legislation on violence against women, including detailed recommendations, commentaries and examples of promising practices. The framework contained two types of recommendations: those that are applicable to all forms of violence against women; and those that are specific to domestic violence or sexual violence.
In 2009, based on the work of the expert group meeting in Vienna, UNDAW/DESA developed a Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women. This Handbook, with a foreword by Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, intends to provide all stakeholders with detailed guidance to support the adoption and effective implementation of legislation that prevents violence against women, punishes perpetrators, and ensures the rights of survivors everywhere. It is specifically hoped that the Handbookwill be of use to government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, staff of United Nations entities and other actors in their efforts at ensuring that a solid legal basis is in place for tackling the scourge of violence against women.

Videos on the model framework for legislation

In March 2009, the Chairperson (P. Imrana Jalal) and Rapporteur (Cheryl Thomas) of the expert group meeting on good practices in legislation to address violence against women came together to discuss the model framework for legislation and some of its key provisions. In the three videos below, the Chairperson and Rapporteur:


Provide an overview of the model framework and discuss recommendations for legislation applicable to all forms of violence against women

Discuss specific recommendations for legislation on domestic violence

Discuss specific recommendations for legislation on sexual violence