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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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Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (left) and vice president Michelle O'Neill. The party has 12 women among their 27 MLAs. Photo: Liam McBurney
09.05.2022
Record number of women MLA’s elected to Stormont
Voters in Northern Ireland have returned a record number of women to the Assembly.Of the 90 MLAs elected to Stormont, 32 are women – an increase from 33pc in 2020 to just over 36pc.The...
Fiji: Young people, women encouraged to take part In this year’s elections  (Photo: Nicolette Chambers)
06.05.2022
Fiji: Young people, women encouraged to take part In this year’s elections
Young eligible Fijians are encouraged to take part in the 2022 General Elections.Young eligible Fijians are encouraged to take part in the 2022 General Elections.United Nations Senior Peace and...
Minnesota State Senate candidate Erin Maye Quade gave a speech while in active labor, April 23, 2022, in Rosemount, Minn. Good Morning America
02.05.2022
US: State politician gives speech while in active labor, withdraws to give birth
A state politician is bringing attention to the difficulties facing expectant mothers as she went into labor during an impassioned speech to delegates at a local party convention.Minnesota state...
A view of Parliament - Slovenia Total News
02.05.2022
40% of newly elected MPs women, record for Slovenia
STA, 25 April 2022 - As many as 36 women have been elected to the 90-seat National Assembly, which translates in 40% of all MPs, a record figure ever since Slovenia gained independence. The Freedom...
Gambia: “Female participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections will be generally low,” election observation body says  - Fatu Network
22.04.2022
Gambia: “Female participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections will be ge...
“Political parties have not done much sponsoring female candidates,” a recent report from Gambia Participates a civil society organisation that religiously observes elections in the Gambia has said....
A woman walks past graffiti on a fence that reads, 'Vote', in Paris, France.Photographer: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
21.04.2022
Record women candidates haven’t made French vote gender friendly
By Alice KantorFew feminist policies have been campaign talking points during the election.On Sunday, the French head to the polls to elect their next president. After the first round two weeks...
Nepal: Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate - Nepal Live Today
19.04.2022
Nepal: Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candida...
The commission rescinded the decision after the political parties protested against the provision stating that it is against existing laws.The Election Commission has revoked a provision that...
Francia Marquez (Image: Twitter)
14.04.2022
Racism and misogyny mar Colombia’s election race
Election observers warn that rampant hate speech could result in violence.Colombia’s election observers warned that hate speech targeting the running mate of presidential candidate Gustavo Petro...
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria
05.04.2022
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s polit...
Within the context of the ongoing Constitutional Review Process and the background of extremely low participation and representation of women in Nigerian politics, the Government of Canada in...

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International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Fiji: Young people, women encouraged to take part In this year’s elections
Fiji: Young people, women encouraged to take part In this year’s elections  (Photo: Nicolette Chambers)
UN Women
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria
UN Women
Zimbabwe: By-elections highlight low representation of women in politics
Cde Zalerah Makari - The Herald
Inter-Parliamentary Union
India: Congress’ idea of fielding more women candidates must not fade away
It was nobody’s guess right from the beginning that the Congress’ initiative was unlikely to boost the number of women in UP’s new assembly. But regardless of electoral outcomes the decision remains a laudable one. (PTI)

Related Websites

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