MONA LENA KROOK
Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University
Consulting
Reports and Publications
Youth Participation in National Parliaments: 2016. International consultant for a project to update information on the number of representatives under age 45 in national parliaments globally, as well as the existence of institutional measures to enhance their participation, for the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2015-February 2016.
Supporting Women Parliamentarians in the Arab States. International consultant for a project organized by International Solutions Group, mapping innovations, good practices, and lessons learned with regard to mechanisms to support women in parliament across the region, UN Women Regional Office of Arab States, home-based with travel to Tunisia and Jordan, July-October 2015.
Promoting Women's Political Participation: A Monitoring Guide. International consultant to research and draft a guide on international best practices to inform the work of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) in promoting and monitoring women's political participation, as part of a UN Women and ACWF Programme on Chinese Women's Political Participation, home-based but working with stakeholders in Beijing and Hong Kong, China, March-May 2015.
Women in Parliament: 20 Years in Review. Annual report reviewing elections in 2014, situated within an overview of progress made globally between 1995 and 2015, in women's representation in national parliaments worldwide, for the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva, Switzerland, January-February 2015.
Youth Participation in National Parliaments. Report on the number of representatives under age 45 in national parliaments globally, as well as the existence of institutional measures to enhance their participation, for the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva, Switzerland, July-October 2014.
Women's Leadership as a Route to Greater Empowerment: Desktop Study (co-authored with Darcy Ashman, Layla Moughari and Milad Pournik). Desktop review of all USAID-funded programming in the area of women's leadership and political empowerment between 2008 and 2014, United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, October 2013-November 2014.
Women's Leadership as a Route to Greater Empowerment: Mexico Case Study (co-authored with Julie Denham and Silvia Gurrolla Bonilla). Report reviewing and evaluating USAID-funded programming in Mexico in the area of women's leadership and political empowerment, United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, October 2013-November 2014.
Gender and Elections: Temporary Special Measures Beyond Quotas. Report on the full range of policy options available to promote gender parity in elections, commissioned by the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council for the Electoral Affairs Division of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, New York, NY, December 2012-January 2013.
Handbook on Measures for Promoting Women's Political Participation (co-authored with Pippa Norris). Book commissioned by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Warsaw, Poland, 2014.
Gender Equality in Elected Office: A Six-Step Action Plan (co-authored with Pippa Norris). Baseline study for Handbook on Measures for Promoting Women's Political Participation. Report commissioned for the Programme on Increased Participation of Women in Democratic Governance by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Warsaw, Poland, September-December 2010.
  • Translated into Russian, Montenegrin/Serbo-Croatian, and Arabic and used in OSCE training sessions in Georgia, Montenegro, and Morocco, among others.
  • Adapted version published as Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women's Empowerment by the United Nations Development Program in Asia-Pacific.
Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women. Contribution on one of the 12 critical areas of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action for a United States' State Department publication on Global Women's Issues distributed to embassy officials worldwide, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs, July-August 2010.
Electoral Gender Quota Systems and their Implementation in Europe (co-authored with Christina Alnevall, Milica Antic, Drude Dahlerup, Lenita Freidenvall, Malgorzata Fuszara, Brigitte Geissel, Petra Meier, and Mariette Sineau). Report commissioned by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, October 2007-September 2008. Updated version commissioned in May 2011 and published in July 2011.
Gender Quota Laws in Global Perspective. Background paper for the "Women in the Americas: Paths to Political Power" Conference. Organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Dialogue, the League of Women Voters, and the Organization of American States, and held at the United States Congress and Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, March 27-28, 2007. Excerpted in Women in the Americas: Paths to Political Power, Report Card on Women in Political Leadership, January 2008.
Political Representation of Women in the Americas. Selected bibliography prepared for the Secretariat of the Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas, Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas, Quebec National Assembly, Quebec City, Canada, April 2004.

Missions, Workshop Facilitation, and Expert Consultations
"#NotTheCost: Stopping Violence against Women in Politics." Chief technical advisor to the National Democratic Institute for a project funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, to organize events and assist with papers theorizing and developing global standards to combat violence against women in politics and elections, Washington, DC, May 2015-April 2016.
"Women's Leadership Training." International consultant serving as the instructor for a pilot version of a women's leadership training course designed by colleagues at Rutgers University in collaboration with the Center for Women in Politics and Public Administration at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, funded by the United Nations Development Programme, Hanoi, Vietnam, October 14-16, 2015.
"International Experiences on Strategic Measures to Empower Women in Politics." Day-long lecture series commissioned by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Administration as part of the Strategic Leaders Training Program, a course targeting senior and future leaders at the party, national, provincial, and local levels, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Hanoi, Vietnam, May 12, 2015.
"Participation of Women and Other Groups in the Egyptian Parliament: Putting the Constitution into Effect." Member of the Advisory Delegation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union discussing with Egyptian authorities how to translate constitutional provisions supporting women's representation, as well as the participation of other under-represented groups, in the new electoral law, Cairo, Egypt, April 27-30, 2014.
"How to Assess the Impact of Women in Parliament." Participant in academic expert group meeting organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, New York, NY, March 7-8, 2014.
"Developing National Action Plans for Political Equality in Elected Office." Lead facilitator for national consultations organized by the United Nations Development Programme in Asia-Pacific, with legislators, party officials, government representatives, and civil society leaders in Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea, September-December 2013.
"Charting a Path for Political Equality in Asia: National Action Plan Development." Lead facilitator for workshop organized by the United Nations Development Programme in Asia-Pacific, with legislators, party officials, government representatives, and civil society leaders from Mongolia, Thailand, and Vietnam, in Bangkok, Thailand, September 20-21, 2012.

Workshop Presentations
"Women's Leadership and Political Empowerment: Overview and Lessons." Presentation for the "Women in Power" Project Donor Learning Meeting, organized by the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance and Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC, November 3, 2014.
"Cuotas electorales y mas alla: Estrategias para promover mujeres en la politica." Keynote speaker at the International Forum on "Mujeres, politica, democracia: Rompiendo los techos de cristal en America Latina," organized by the Organization of American States, the Interamerican Commission on Women, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, and the Universidad San Martin, at the University of Salamanca, Spain, March 24, 2014.
"Violence against Women in Politics" (co-authored with Juliana Restrepo Sanin). Presentation at "The Challenging World of Women in Politics" side event organized by the Government of Ireland and Inter-Parliamentary Union at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, March 12, 2014.
"Women's Political Participation." Presentation at the "Women's Political Participation in Asia and the Pacific" Meeting organized by the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council, New York, NY, June 14, 2013.
"Electoral Gender Quotas: Recent Trends and Lessons Learned." Presentation at the "Women in Politics: Latest Trends" side event organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, New York, NY, March 6, 2013.
"Six Actions for Gender Equality in Elected Office." Keynote speaker for "Gender Equality in Elected Office" Forum for judges and staff in celebration of the anniversary of women's right to vote in Mexico, Supreme Federal Electoral Court and Mexico City District Electoral Court, Mexico City, Mexico, October 19, 2012.
"Gender Equality in Elections: Mexico in Global Perspective." Presenter and facilitator for workshop for court secretaries and researchers, Supreme Federal Electoral Court and Mexico City District Electoral Court, Mexico City, Mexico, October 18, 2012.
Gender Quotas and Women's Political Empowerment. Talk delivered to the "African Women's Political Leadership" Conference. Organized by the Club of Madrid's African Women Leaders Project, supported by the European Commission, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the Hunt Alternatives Fund's Initiative for Inclusive Society, and held in Brussels, Belgium, October 7-8, 2008.
Quotas for Women in Elected Politics: Measures to Increase Women's Political Representation Worldwide. Talk delivered to the "Towards Achieving At Least 30 Percent Participation of Women at Decision-Making Levels in Malaysia" Best Practices Seminar. Organized by the Ministry of Women, Family, and Community Development and the United Nations Development Programme, and held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 3-4, 2007.

Related Invited Talks
"Young Women in National Parliaments." Presentation at the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians, 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, Lusaka, Zambia, March 19, 2016.
"Gender Quotas and the Empowerment of Women and Girls." Presentation at the "Small Changes, Big Impact: Creating Conditions for Women and Girls to Thrive" Symposium, organized by the Center for Global Development and the World Bank, Washington, DC, November 18, 2015.
"Que es la violencia politica? El concepto desde la perspective de teoria y practica." Presentation at the international seminar on "Violencia politica contra las mujeres en America Latina: diagnosticos, dialogos y estrategias," organized by the Instituto de Investigaciones Juridicas at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Tribunal Electoral del Distrito Federal, and Fiscalia Especializada para la Atencion de Delitos Electorales, with the support of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, International IDEA, and the Inter-American Commission on Women, Mexico City, Mexico, November 11, 2015.
"Quotas for Women in Politics: Myths and Realities." International symposium on "Women's Leadership and Political Empowerment from a Global Perspective," organized by the Institute for Gender Studies at Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2015.
"Superando las divisiones: colaboraciones para mas mujeres en politica." Roundtable organized by the Inter-American Commission on Women and UN Women Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean at the 8th Congreso Latinoamericano de Ciencia Politica, Lima, Peru, July 23, 2015.
"Quotas for Women in Politics: Lessons for the Corporate Sphere." Symposium on "Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity," Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, May 21, 2015.
"Women and Politics: International Experiences." Presentation at the "Women's Political Participation: Lessons Learned from Vietnam and International Experiences" Panel, featuring senior party officials and director of the World Bank in Vietnam, as part of the Strategic Leaders Training Program, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Hanoi, Vietnam, May 11, 2015.
"Electoral Quotas and Beyond: Strategies to Promote Women in Politics." Presentation at the "Relevant Education in a Changing World" Think Thank, organized by the Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 24, 2015.
"Promoting Women's Political Leadership: Comparisons with National Legislatures." Presentation at the "Lessons Learnt from Women Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide" side event organized by the International Alliance of Women at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, March 10, 2015.
"Las cuotas de genero a debate: Chile en perspectiva global." Seminar co-organized by Comunidad Mujer and Corporacion Humana with the support of the U.S. Embassy, Santiago, Chile, August 1, 2014.
"Cuotas de genero -- Empoderan a las mujeres?" Keynote address sponsored by the Committee on Foreign Relations and Non-Governmental Organizations, Mexican Senate, Mexico City, Mexico, July 9, 2014.
"Gender Quotas as a Strategy to Increase Women's Political Representation." Panel on "Women's Political Participation: Challenges and Policies for Political Equality," School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY, May 6, 2014.
"Democracy, Gender Quotas, and Women's Political Representation." Keynote address at Workshop on "Political Representation of Women in Asia," McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 3-5, 2013.
"Electoral Quotas and Beyond: Strategies to Promote Women in Politics." Global Gender Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC, February 28, 2013.
"Electoral Quotas and Beyond: Strategies to Promote Women in Politics." Harvard Women's Law Association Conference on "19%: When Will Women Have the Floor?," Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, February 8, 2013.
"Tools and Mechanisms for Increasing Women's Representation in Politics." Seminar on Constitution and Equal Representation," KA.DER (Association for the Support of Women Candidates), Istanbul, Turkey, January 19, 2013.
"Women's Leadership in Global Perspective." Symposium on "Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets," Green Templeton College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, January 11-13, 2013.
"Democracy, Empowerment, and the Meaning of Gender Quotas." Plenary panel for Workshop on "The Relationship Between Quota Policies and Democratization in Africa," University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, June 14, 2012.
"Do Gender Quotas Empower Women?" Seminar at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm, Sweden, June 1, 2012.
"Political Parity and Democratic Legitimacy." Symposium on "Parity as Practice: the Politics of Access," Yale Women Faculty Forum and Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights at the Yale Law School, Yale University, New Haven, CT, March 30-April 1, 2012.
"Quotas for Women on Corporate Boards: Lessons from Quotas in Politics." Conference on Policies for Diversity in Corporations, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York, NY, December 10, 2010.
"Global Experiences with Gender Quotas." Conference on "Paths to Parliament," Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University and the Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy at Carleton University, Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada, November 19, 2010.
"Gender Diversity and Political Outcomes." Conference on "Closing the Global Gender Gap: The Business Case for Organizations, Politics, and Society," Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in collaboration with the Council of Women World Leaders and the World Economic Forum, Cambridge, MA, October 15-16, 2010.
"Strategies to Increase Women's Representation in Europe and the United States." Conference on "Gender Equality in the EU and US," Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Fondation Jean-Jaures, and Center for International Relations, Boston University, Boston, MA, October 1, 2009.
"Do Gender Quotas Empower Women?" Plenary Panel for Second Biennial International Women's Studies Conference on "Gender and Positive Action: Empowering or Disabling?," Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey, June 12-14, 2008.
"Representing Groups." Workshop on "Practicing Democracy: How Political Arrangements Promote Equal Citizenship...or Not," Roy and Lila Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 27, 2007.
"A Primer on Gender Quota Laws: The Adoption and Impact of Quotas Worldwide." Seminar on "Cuotas en America Latina: El impacto en la representacion politica de las mujeres," FLACSO-Chile, Santiago, Chile, November 14, 2006.