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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, Somalia.
In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participati...
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and...
Nada al-Jubori, a candidate in Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections, speaks to her supporters in Baghdad, Iraq September 9, 2021. REUTERS/Charlotte Bruneau
Braving intimidation, hundreds of Iraqi women run for parliament
BAGHDAD, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in...
(AP Photo/Michel Euler/Thibault Camus)
Two women campaign to become France’s 1st female president
PARIS (AP) — Two French politicians kicked off their presidential campaigns Sunday, seeking to become France’s first female leader in next year’s spring election.The far-right National Rally party’s...
La maire socialiste de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, lors de l'annonce de sa candidature à Rouen, le 12 septembre 2021. © Thomas Samson, AFP
Socialist Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo sets sights on 2022 presidential race
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo threw her hat in the ring for France's 2022 presidential election on Sunday in Rouen. Her announcement brought an end to months of speculation that she would seek the...
The swearing in on the 24th (Photo: Anetone Sagaga)
Court declares F.A.S.T. Government; impasse over
The Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party is the new Government of Samoa's bringing an end to three months of a national political stalemate.The...
Kathryn Garcia finished just one percentage point behind Eric Adams in the Democratic primary for mayor.Credit...Elizabeth D. Herman for The New York Times
109 Mayors, all men. When will New York elect a woman?
Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley placed second and third in the Democratic mayoral primary. Many New Yorkers hoped the glass ceiling would finally be broken.It was a constant refrain for the two leading...
Somali women - UN Multimedia
Half fees for all Somalia women vying in coming October elections
Somalia is halving the registration fees for women candidates to encourage more participation in the upcoming elections.Last week, the National Consultative Council, an organ created with...
Germany: Annalena Baerbock becomes prime target of sexist hate speech
Threats against politicians have sharply risen ahead of September's general elections. The leading candidate to replace Angela Merkel has rapidly become the prime target for misogyny, vitriol, and...
Harvard Kennedy School
Women who lose close elections are just as likely to run again as men
Study published in PNAS finds no gender difference in decision to run for office again after losing a close race.Women who lose local or state elections are just as likely to run for office again as...

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