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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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Nigeria: 35 women candidates for 2023 elections in Kaduna  (Blueprint)
10.08.2022
Nigeria: 35 women candidates for 2023 elections in Kaduna  
The Kaduna state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr. Asmau Maikudi, has stated that 35 women are among the various political parties’ candidates for...
Martha Karua has energised the campaign of veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga. ‘People say Mama na Baba – it’s like a nuclear family,’ says an analyst. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters/The Guardian
10.08.2022
"Karua wave" in Kenya’s elections may bring first female deputy presid...
Martha Karua may become Kenya’s most senior woman ever but feminists fear the compromises that will be forced on her.The Kenyan media are calling it the “Karua wave”, as the woman hoping to be the...
Election preparedness training has taken place in 12 counties identified as potential hotspots for electoral violence. Photo: UN Women/Mary Wanjiru
03.08.2022
Police training rolled out across Kenya ahead of elections
A nationwide rollout of training on sexual and gender-based violence has recently concluded across Kenya to better equip law enforcement officials prevent and mitigate sexual violence during the...
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga arrives for the Azimio la Umoja at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya, December 10, 2021 [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]
03.08.2022
Ahead of Kenya elections, female politicians face abuse, attacks
Dozens of female candidates have been physically assaulted while campaigning ahead of the August 9 elections in Kenya.Liz Njue, a Kenyan psychologist who wanted to stand for a county assembly seat,...
The exterior of the US Capitol is seen on August 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. (CNN)
27.07.2022
Women candidates set records in 2022 midterms as gender becomes a primary theme...
(CNN) 2022 marks a record high for women running in gubernatorial and Senate races, but the total number of women running for the House of Representatives fell slightly from previous cycles,...
Incumbent Upper House lawmaker Renho bows to supporters at her office in Minato Ward, Tokyo, after securing re-election on Sunday night. | KYODO
18.07.2022
Women win record 35 of 125 seats in Japan's Upper House election
Sunday’s Upper House election saw a record 35 seats go to women, with veteran lawmakers and new contenders of all stripes voted in.In a race overshadowed by the murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo...
Photo taken on July 2, 2022, shows people listening to street campaigns in Tokyo ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election. (Kyodo)
07.07.2022
Record women, LGBTQ election hopefuls run to shake up Japan politics
TOKYO - A record number of both women and LGBTQ candidates are campaigning to win over voters in the House of Councillors election on Sunday and potentially bring change to Japan's male-dominated...
Women are fighting to get at least one seat in Papua New Guinea's male-dominated parliament when voting opens in a country scarred by gender-based violence Saeed KHAN AFP/File
04.07.2022
Women battle for seats in PNG parliament
Port Moresby (AFP) – Women are fighting to get at least one seat in Papua New Guinea's male-dominated parliament when voting opens Monday in a mountainous, forest-clad land scarred by gender-based...
More than 50% of deputies in Jersey's new government are women (Picture: BBC)
01.07.2022
Jersey election 2022: Number of females elected rises from 14 to 21
The 2022 election has seen more women elected to Jersey's government than ever before.A total of 51% of the newly-elected deputies are women, and women now make up 43% of the overall government....

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UN Women
Police training rolled out across Kenya ahead of elections
Election preparedness training has taken place in 12 counties identified as potential hotspots for electoral violence. Photo: UN Women/Mary Wanjiru
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse
Esther Passaris, women's representative for Nairobi for the Orange Democratic Movement, on the campaign trail in this undated picture. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Photo Courtesy: Esther Passaris
UN Women
Lebanon elects record number of women to parliament
A woman takes a photograph of another standing in front of a wall of cement blocks, set up by Lebanese security forces to bar a street leading to the parliament building, Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 24, 2020. - Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images
Inter-Parliamentary Union
More women and more diversity in new Australian parliament
 Voters queuing at a polling centre in Melbourne in May 2022. William WEST / AFP

Related Websites

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