Highlighted Resources

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Elections in 2019 in Asian countries: A game-changer for women or not?
How do women in elections stand to gain in terms of power sharing? What are the takeaways for them?The long election season in India is finally over. No, not India alone, but a few more countries in the Asian neighbourhood had also undergone a similar exercise.Now, how do women in this political...
Barriers to election remain high in quest for gender equality in Japan
Why hasn’t Japan been able to eliminate the perception that politics is a man’s world? Gender equality, women’s active participation in the workplace and female empowerment have taken root in society, but women’s participation in the all-important realm of politics remains sluggish. Is the problem...
The prevention and mitigation of election-related violence: An action guide
Understanding and explaining outbreaks of election-related violence is a complex task; predicting whether forthcoming elections will turn violent, which factors may underlie or trigger violence, and what can be done to prevent violence is even more difficult. One way to address the problem is to...
'I'm ready,' says first transgender candidate for Thai PM
Pauline Ngarmpring thought she would take it slow as she began her new life as a transgender woman after transitioning at the age of 49.Instead, three years on, she is a candidate for Thai prime minister - the country’s first transgender candidate for the post - and her days and nights are filled...
Naveen Patnaik's party to give 33% tickets to women in Lok Sabha elections
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced 33 per cent quota for women in the allocation of Lok Sabha tickets of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party.Addressing the Women Self Help Group's (SHGs) Conclave under 'Mission Shakti', Patnaik said, "I would like to announce here at Kendrapara, the '...
Shakti: Gunning for more women in politics in India
A non-partisan collective is targeting the general elections for equal representation of women in Parliament, but the road to gender-just politics is tricky to traverseVinod Rathod of the Delhi Police has been manning the Parliament gates for four years now. Like his namesake singer, he can also...
Gender equality and electoral violence in Africa: Unlocking the peacemaking potential of women
IMF examines the impact of gender equality on electoral violence in Africa using micro-level data from the sixth round of Afrobarometer surveys. The sample covers 30 countries. IMF finds that gender equality is associated with lower electoral violence. Quantitatively, their estimates show that an...
Breaking the mold: Understanding gender and electoral violence
Women around the world are playing increasingly visible roles in the political processes of their countries as voters, candidates, representatives, protesters, journalists and as civic educators in the home, the community and beyond. However, as emerging democracies struggle to consolidate,...
Survey: When should a woman have children if she’s thinking about running for office?
By Ruth Igielnik and Kim Parker,As moms across the United States celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, five of the six women vying for the Democratic residential nomination are themselves mothers.These women, all seeking the same high political office, became mothers at different points in their...
South Africa: Gender and elections pre-audit
May 3: A preliminary gender audit of the South African elections due to be held on 8 May shows that while there will be a slight increase in women’s representation, women are still missing from the top echelons of political parties and from the media.“On World Press Freedom Day it is an indictment...
Why rules and systems matter: lessons from around the world
This Represent Women's report explores how rules and systems, particularly gender quotas and proportional representation systems, have helped nations around the world sustain progress toward gender parity in elected office. Understanding the impact of systems on representation in government is...
Relaunch: Resilience and rebuilding for women candidates after an electoral loss (2018)
Some women candidates may be hesitant to run again because they know that the barriers for women running for office are higher than they are for men - why should the standard after a loss be any different? This research shows that voters think women who have lost their elections are still qualified...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UNDP Online Course on Enhancing Women’s Participation Throughout the Electoral Cycle
Inter-Parliamentary Union
IPU Press Release for International Women's Day 2017: More ambitious measures needed to enhance women’s representation in parliament
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