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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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The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, foreground right, meets women leaders in Mogadishu (file photo/allAfrica)
Somalia: electoral agency pushes for more women in parliament
Somalia's federal electoral agency is urging all regional polls supervisors to ensure that at least 30 percent of seats in the Lower House go to women.In a letter to state electoral teams, the...
Una mujer libia porta una bandera nacional en la capital, Trípoli, el 25 de febrero de 2021. Mahmud Turkia/AFP
Leila ben Khalifa becomes first woman to run for Libyan presidency
Leila ben Khalifa, an activist who heads the National Movement party, became the first woman to run in the presidential elections in Libya on Monday after she submitted her papers to run in the...
Participants in New Bern's 2017 Women's March hold up signs in support of women's equality.  TODD WETHERINGTON / SUN JOURNAL STAFF
Craven County women have ground to make up in elected positions. Men still domin...
On Thursday night, the Craven County GOP elected Sarah Benischek as the party's new chairman. The announcement marked a victory for women in local politics after a recent report found women...
‘It is what girls need’: the FGM activist hoping to be the Gambia’s president (copyright: The Guardian)
‘It is what girls need’: the FGM activist hoping to be the Gambia’s president
Jaha Dukureh was a young mother of three with little campaigning experience when she started a movement in the Gambia to end female genital mutilation, backed by the Guardian.In the seven years that...
Newly Brooklyn Councilmember elect Shahana Hanif spoke at a rally in City Hall Park supporting female candidates, July 13, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY
City Council adds historic number of women to its ranks as republicans gain
New York City’s legislative branch will be packed with newcomers in 2022 and will have its first female majority. Meanwhile, the GOP gained at least one more Council seat.As voters chose moderate...
Michelle Wu speaks to supporters Wednesday night in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allison Dinner/Getty Images - The Guardian
Michelle Wu becomes Boston’s first woman and person of color to be elected mayor
Michelle Wu has made history after being elected as mayor of Boston, becoming the first woman and person of color elected to the position in almost 200 years.“From every corner of our city,...
Will quota seats in Iraqi politics advance women's rights? - The new Arab
Will quota seats in Iraqi politics advance women's rights?
In-depth: More than 95 female candidates were elected in Iraq's election according to preliminary results, exceeding the 83-seat quota. But some say political parties are manipulating the system for...
arumi Yoshida from opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan celebrates her victory over a Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Nobuteru Ishihara after the Lower House election on Sunday night in Tokyo. | KYODO - Japan Times
Japan: "Fewer women elected in Lower House poll despite empowerment law...
In Sunday's general election, 45 women were elected to the 465-seat House of Representatives, down two from the previous contest in 2017, despite a law promoting female participation in the political...
Photograph: David Mareuil/AP. Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida (front centre), poses with his cabinet in Tokyo. The LDP is fielding just 33 female candidates in elections this month.
‘It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
Harassment is common for women who run for office and female MPs comprise just 9.9% of lower house.Mari Yasuda has come to dread checking her social media accounts. While a TV programme has tipped...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Will quota seats in Iraqi politics advance women's rights?
Will quota seats in Iraqi politics advance women's rights? - The new Arab
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Parliament in 2020: The year in review
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UN Women
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UNDP Online Course on Enhancing Women’s Participation Throughout the Electoral Cycle

Related Websites

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