Elections

Elections

Women’s political participation in electoral processes requires targeted support to overcome gender discrimination. Key strategies for enhancing gender balance in electoral processes include: working with political parties to promote gender sensitive policies and practices to foster women’s leadership; targeted outreach and support for women to register to vote and safely access polling stations; guarantee of protection from election related violence and harassment; the use of quotas and temporary special measures to increase women’s representation; effective technical and financial support to women candidates and political leaders; and engagement of male champions for women’s empowerment and gender equality.

News

21.06.2018
Nigeria: Female PDP aspirant makes case for woman president
As the 2019 election is approaching, more women are beginning to express interest in contesting the presidential election on different political platforms.One of such women, Princess Oyenike Oyedele...
20.06.2018
INEC in Abuja decries low participation of women in politics
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has decried low participation of women in political processes.The Commission said despite the fact that women constitute 48 percent of the...
12.06.2018
US: Record numbers of women are running, but how many can win?
With primary season underway and a record number of women on ballots nationwide, the question now is how many will make it to office after elections in November. The reality is that many of the women...
06.06.2018
Brazil women bring fight against sexism on to political agenda
When a leftwing female congresswoman was described as too ugly to be raped, Manuela D’Avila’s stomach turned. The speaker was Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian far rightwing congressman and presidential...
04.06.2018
Lebanese women determined to continue fight for more political representation
BEIRUT — Earlier this month, Lebanon voted in parliamentary elections to fill seats based on a new system of proportional representation. After the ballots were counted,...
04.06.2018
Women ready to run for office in Egypt
CAIRO — Egypt has yet to pass a law needed to hold local elections, but hundreds of women will not be wallflowers waiting for an invitation to run for office....
04.06.2018
More women file for office, but Oklahoma’s gender gap persists
Just 35 women filed for one of the 125 Oklahoma legislative seats that were up for election in 2012.This year, there will be nearly four times as many women running for the same number of seats. And...
30.05.2018
Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections...
In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it...
25.05.2018
Mia Mottley elected first female Prime Minister of Barbados as Labour Party wins...
The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has won the country's 2018 General Elections claiming all 30 seats in the country's House of Assembly and unseating the Democratic Labour Party (...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UNDP
UNDP Online Course on Enhancing Women’s Participation Throughout the Electoral Cycle
Inter-Parliamentary Union
IPU Press Release for International Women's Day 2017: More ambitious measures needed to enhance women’s representation in parliament
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
A framework for developing internal gender policies for electoral management bodies

Related Websites

European Commission-UNDP Electoral Assistance
NDI's “Votes Without Violence” initiative