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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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From fundraising to the VP, why 2020 was a pivotal year for women in US politics
2020 was a milestone year for women in politics in the US. The country saw the highest numbers of women entering Congress and the executive in its history.Progress built on the midterm elections in...
Yifat Sasha-Biton, No. 2 in Israel's New Hope party, speaks during a visit to the Academic and Technology College of Tel-Hai in northern Israel, March 9, 2021. (Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images)
Record number of women win on Israel’s election day, but progress remains elusiv...
A projected 30 women will enter the Israeli legislature, a record for an Election Day, but it appears female representation in parliament will remain roughly the same for the 24th Knesset as in past...
Labor party leader Merav Michaeli at the party's conference ahead of the Israeli elections in Hod Hasharon, March 14, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Can she handle it? How the Israeli media covers women politicians
Women running for the Knesset have to overcome not only voters' gender stereotypes, but a media landscape that is heavily skewed in men's favor.Merav Michaeli, the head of Israel’s Labor Party, ...
Represent Women
Gender quota helps women win in Egypt
By Fatma TawfikIn 2019, after Egypt witnessed a long fight for gender equality in the political, economic and social spheres, the Egyptian parliament approved a constitutional amendment that includes...
Janet Yellen, then the chair of the Federal Reserve, addressed the Economic Club of Washington in December 2015.Joshua Roberts / Reuters file
Janet Yellen confirmed as first female treasury secretary in U.S. history
Yellen "has long been an advocate for addressing the income and wealth distribution, and now she will be able to act on it,” said one economist.Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was confirmed...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2021: Photo shows the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States. ... [+] XINHUA NEWS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES
Biden, Harris Form A White House Gender Policy Council
President Biden and Vice President Harris announced the formation of a White House Gender Policy Council earlier this week. According to the administration, the council's aim is "to guide...
Women’s groups welcome move, but say implementing it in time for Feb. 8 vote will be challenging
Somali PM reserves 30% of parliament seats for women in upcoming poll
GAROWE, Somalia, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly a third of Somalia's parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a...
Speaking in a landmark press conference on Monday, ahead of the election which is now scheduled for January 7, 2021, the women coalition, comprising some of the nation’s foremost women advocates and politicians, called on the authority to ensure that the
Liberian women demand security for female senatorial candidate ahead of reschedu...
Monrovia – A coalition of Liberian women have joined the only female and leading senatorial candidate in the ongoing election in Gbarpolu County, Madam Botoe Kanneh in seeking assurances from...
Kuwaiti women cast their ballots at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kuwait City on December 5, 2020. (AFP)
Kuwaitis wonder why even the women voted for men
Some women suggested on social media that time has come for a quota system.KUWAIT – The curtain has fallen on the legislative elections in Kuwait. Preliminary results show that women gained no...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

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
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