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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.

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09.01.2020
How to put a stop to election-related sexual violence in Kenya
Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published by the Office of the United Nations High...
06.01.2020
Poll: Majority of women say male candidates have advantage running for public of...
A majority of women believe male candidates have an advantage when it comes to running for public office, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.In the survey released on Thursday, 65 percent of female...
06.01.2020
Michelle Williams urges women to vote in their 'own self interest' in...
Michelle Williams used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to encourage women to hit the polls this November. (…)Williams said she tried "my very best to live a life of my own making," and she would...
06.01.2020
Croatia elects centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic as president
Croatia's presidential election has been won by centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic, who defeated the nationalist incumbent.The social democratic ex-prime minister vowed to heal divisions, and...
26.12.2019
2019 UK Election: Analysis shows increase in women MPs but most are in oppositio...
A record number of women presented themselves for office ahead of the UK’s 2019 election. A total of 37% of candidates were female – an improvement of eight percentage points over the number of women...
13.12.2019
Record number of female MPs have won seats in UK general election
More women MPs have been elected to the House of Commons than ever before, according to the Press Association news agency, breaking the previous record of 208 set in 2017.With one...
11.12.2019
UK: Why are women less visible during the 2019 election?
Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on 1 December 1919 was the first woman to take...
06.12.2019
Namibia’s first female candidate vows to ‘restore dignity’
Calm and confident, Esther Muinjangue, Namibia’s first woman to run for president, says she feels a “wind of change” softly blowing through the southwest African country which goes to the polls on...
29.11.2019
Women have been a lot less visible in this UK general election campaign – why?
Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on December 1 1919 was the first woman to take her seat in the House...

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

International Foundation for Electoral Systems: Gender Equality
European Commission-UNDP Electoral Assistance
NDI's “Votes Without Violence” initiative