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

20.08.2018
Smashing records: More women have won primaries than ever before
Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning.More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving...
17.08.2018
Democratic women candidates continue to expand their numbers, Republicans stay s...
Results from Tuesday night’s primaries in four states offered yet another strong showing by women candidates this cycle, particularly on the Democratic side. CRP took this opportunity to...
16.08.2018
Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress
Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress, offering a sharp counterpoint to the anti-Muslim policies and sentiment surfacing in Washington and across the country.Ilhan...
15.08.2018
Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, wins Vermont Governor’s primary
On a cloudy afternoon this summer, Christine Hallquist, a former utility executive from Vermont, listened closely as Danica Roem, the Virginia state delegate who won national recognitionwhen she...
13.08.2018
Candidates in Tuesday’s primaries poised to break barriers for women of color an...
Voters head to the polls in Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Vermont on Tuesday. This week’s round of primary voting will once again set the stage for more history-making moments for women in...
13.08.2018
‘Don’t run this Year.’ The perils for republican women facing a flood of resista...
By Kate Zernike,The energy in the midterms is working against female Republican candidates who are reluctant or unable to claim any advantage to being a woman among voters.Diane Harkey, the...
10.08.2018
US: Female veterans run for congress
MJ Hegar does not hold back. "I'm an ass kicking, motorcycle-riding, Texas Democrat. That's who I am!"She says that emphatically, unblinkingly and unapologetically to a constituent at a political...
03.08.2018
Latin America has embraced quotas for female political candidates
“When a woman enters politics, it changes her. When many women do, it is politics that changes.” So said Florentina Gómez Miranda, a former Argentine congresswoman. Despite its macho reputation, or...
03.08.2018
Ghana: Nine women file to contest NDC elections in Central Region
Efforts at encouraging strong women representation in active politics received a major boost as nine women filed their forms to contest for various positions in the National Democratic Congress (NDC...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women, UNDP
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UN Women, UNDP
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

Related Websites

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