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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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25.07.2019
Elections in 2019 in Asian countries: A game-changer for women or not?
How do women in elections stand to gain in terms of power sharing? What are the takeaways for them?The long election season in India is finally over. No, not India alone, but a few more countries in...
22.07.2019
Record number of women win seats in Japan election, but female voters wary of go...
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, some female voters have expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to empowering women.In Sunday’s election 28...
22.07.2019
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliamen...
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not.Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for...
15.07.2019
Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet...
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising the percentage of female lawmakers in the Diet to 30...
15.07.2019
Women's parliament representation at its highest post-reform
The General Elections Commission (KPU) released a report on its official Twitter account about women’s representation at the Indonesian parliament, which the commission deemed the...
12.07.2019
New polling shows how much sexism is hurting the Democratic women running for pr...
Over the last several years, debates between Republicans and Democrats have increasingly involved extremely divergent attitudes toward women. The Republican Party, for instance,...
12.07.2019
Why men thought women weren’t made to vote
William T. Sedgwick believed that no good could come of letting women vote.“It would mean a degeneration and a degradation of human fiber which would turn back the hands of time a thousand years,”...
12.07.2019
Barriers to election remain high in quest for gender equality in Japan
Why hasn’t Japan been able to eliminate the perception that politics is a man’s world? Gender equality, women’s active participation in the workplace and female empowerment have taken root in society...
28.06.2019
The 6 women running for president in the US have answers
“The opportunities for the next president are enormous. We can show worldwide leadership.”— Senator Elizabeth Warren, on whether it’s possible for the next president to help stop climate change.There...

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