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100 Years of Women in Politics

More than 200 international participants gathered on June 3–4 2015 in Copenhagen for the conference “100 Years of Women in Politics” organised by KVINFO and DIPD, in celebration of the 100th anniversary for women’s suffrage in Denmark. Great speeches, lively panel debates and inspirational role models have all helped to form a successful conference on women in politics. On this page you will find pictures and reports from the conference, as well as other readings and reports on the international work to strengthen womens role, rights and particpation in politics.


Photo: Reem Abu Hassan (Jordanian Miniter of Social Development), Chitra Lekha Yadav (Nepali Minister of Education), Catherine Deynu (Deputy National Women Organizer of the Ghanean party, NDC), Mette Gjerskov (Danish MP and DIPD vice-chair), Martha Karua (Kenyan politician, former Miniter of Justice and Presidential Candiate),  Lily Wangchuk (Bhutanese politician and party president of Druk Chirwang Tshogpa)

The Programme

The conference spanned from June 3-4 and was filled with a lot of great and important debates and insights in relation to the state of women’s political participation and influence worldwide. As an introduction, leading researchers on women’s rights and political representation explained the 100 year development in Denmark, from the first female vote to the first female prime minister. The presentation was followed by panel debates on different roads to political power and a discussion on women in local politics and why local matters. The following day was filled with debates on alternative approaches to political influence and on the critical issue of political violence that faces women in politics. Finally a high level debate closed the conference. The high level panel included female ministers and presidential candidates from all over the world who gave accounts of their own political journey and inspired the continuing work to strengthen women in their pursuit of political influence world wide.

You can read the full programme including the biographies by clicking on the picture below


The Conference Report

The Conference resulted in a report on women in politics. The Report draws on the input that the various panelist presented in the different panels and is structured around the themes of the conference panels.

To read the full conference report, click on the pictures below:



To see all the pictures from the conference, click on the picture gallery below


Other readings on women in politics

Christiansborg seminar 2012 Report. The Christiansborg 2012 Seminar was an important milestone for the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD) because it was the first time we had the opportunity to bring together representatives of our partners after having started the practical work of the institute in 2011

DIPD publication on women in politics. This background document is intended to bring together some of the existing knowledge in the three sub-themes of the seminar, women in local politics; young women in politics; women in transition countries, and it also offers a number of recommendations, which was part of the basis for discussion in the workshop in particular.Maryse Helbert writes about “Young women in politics – from household level to national politics”. She argues that getting more young women into politics can only be achieved if action is being taken from the household level right through to national politics

Women in Political Parties. WIP Approach and Experiences. Tanzania Centre for Democracy (TCD), Centre for Multiparty Democracy, Malawi (CMD) and the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD) have jointly embarked on a new approach to enhancing women’s participation in political parties and in politics

Women’s Under-representation in Political Politics in the New Democracy of Bhutan – the need for new strategies. Report by Drude Dahlerup, International consultant and Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University. Based on consultations in Bhutan April 2014 organized by the Bhutan Network for Empowering Women, BNEW, and the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, DIPD.