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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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USA: A record number of women will serve in the next Congress (Picture: CNN)
USA: A record number of women will serve in the next Congress
CNN — A record number of women will be elected to Congress this year, CNN projects – but barely.The 149 women who will serve in the US House and Senate in the 118th Congress will expand the...
Maura Healey at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention in Worcester in June.Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe via Getty Images file
USA: Lesbians score big political gains in midterm elections "rainbow wave...
The string of wins includes the election of the country’s first lesbian governors in Massachusetts and Oregon.The 2022 midterm elections ignited what LGBTQ advocates called yet another “rainbow wave...
Une des femmes en formation à Korhogo (Agence Ivoirienne de Presse)
Côte d'Ivoire-AIP/ Women from political parties trained in Korhogo for thei...
Korhogo, Nov 18, 2022 (AIP)- The Coordination Committee for Women's Participation (2C2PF), began on Friday, November 18, 2022, in Korhogo, the training of 25 women with a view to their participation...
Eight women declared winners in Bahrain runoff elections (Picture: News of Bahrain)
Eight women declared winners in Bahrain runoff elections
New history was created as eight women made it into the highest floor of democracy.The women winners in the second round are Jalila Alawi (Eight Electoral District of the Capital Governorate), Iman...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Pelosi to step down from House leadership, stay in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress, ending a historic run as the first woman with the gavel and...
Participants of National Forum on Women in Politics activities
Women representation in 2022 Fijian Elections
The 2022 Fiji general election, for 55 seats in the Parliament, will take place on 14 December 2022. So far 316 provisional candidates have been named from 8 of the 9 political parties of which 55...
Karen Bass, 69, has a long track record of organizing across racial lines in south Los Angeles. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP
Karen Bass becomes the first female mayor of Los Angeles
The Democrat takes over as the second Black mayor in LA’s history, beating a rival who spent over $80m of his own money on the raceThe congresswoman Karen Bass was elected mayor of Los Angeles,...
مواطنون بحرينيون أثناء الإدلاء بأصواتهم فى الانتخابات
Bahrain election sees high turnout of youth and women
The first round of polls held to elect the new Parliament and Municipal Councils on Saturday created many milestones in Bahrain in terms of participation.Among them was the record number of women and...
Nepal: Women’s share in House likely to shrink (Picture: The Kathmandu Post)
Nepal: Women’s share in House likely to shrink
With few women FPTP candidates, more of them may need to be elected to the upper house to meet the requirement.Cross-party women politicians have long been lobbying with their leaders to increase the...

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