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ZGC targeting to capacitate Zimbabwe women in politics (Picture by Mkhululi Ncube Chronicle)
ZGC targeting to capacitate Zimbabwe women in politics
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) is capacitating women across the country to contest in the forthcoming general elections under the programme Women Rise in Politics, with support from United Nations Women. Under the programme, the commission is hosting workshops for women interested in...
UN seeks equitable media access for female politicians (Punch)
Nigeria: UN seeks equitable media access for female politicians
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the United Nations has called on the media to ensure that female politicians are granted the same access as their male counterparts.This was made known by the representative of the United Nations Women, Ms Beatrice Eyong, at a programme held for media executives...
Nigerian National Assembly (Picture IPU)
Women’s political empowerment in Nigeria
On 18 July  the IPU Gender Partnership Group and the National Assembly of Nigeria held an online briefing on women’s political empowerment to promote women’s participation in parliament in view of the 2023 Nigerian elections. There were 20 participants, including men and women MPs from Nigeria...
Violence against women in elections platform launched in Libya (Libya Review)
Violence against women in elections platform launched in Libya
On Sunday morning, the activities of the training program “Monitoring Violence against Women in Elections in Libya” were launched. The program is organised by the High National Election Commission (HNEC), in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), at the training centre at...
Election preparedness training has taken place in 12 counties identified as potential hotspots for electoral violence. Photo: UN Women/Mary Wanjiru
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 country’s 2022 General Election.A joint project from UN Women and OHCHR Kenya entitled has trained 141...
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
Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse
Women MPs like Esther Passaris face threats, slurs and body-shaming on social media ahead of Aug. 9 vote.Online abuse included sexual imagery and public shamingSome women candidates abandon social media due to abuseSocial media platforms, authorities urged to crack downBy Nita BhallaNAIROBI, July...
US: Data on 2022 women candidates by race and ethnicity (CAWP)
US: Data on 2022 women candidates by race and ethnicity
The 2022 midterms have led to some new records for women candidates for the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and governor in various race and ethnicity groups, according to an analysis of candidate filings from CAWP. Asian American/Pacific Islander, Black, Latina/Hispanic, and white women have all set new...
The 2021 federal German election: A gender and intersectional analysis (Picture: Sage Journals)
The 2021 federal German election: A gender and intersectional analysis
On 26 September 2021, Germans elected the 20th Bundestag. This election was special in many ways. The article analyses the electoral campaign, voting behaviour, turnout, and the formation of a new coalition government by using a gender and intersectional lens. Against the conceptual background of...
Shared hurdles: How political races change when two women compete (2022) - Barbara Lee Foundation
Shared hurdles: How political races change when two women compete (2022)
With more and more women running for office, races between women candidates will become the norm — not a novelty. Shared Hurdles reveals how candidates’ race, political party, and gender interact to influence voter opinion when more than one woman is on the ballot.Research on gender dynamics in...
Aussie federal election 2022: Data shows Labor, Liberal Party more likely to preselect women in marginal seats - News.com.au
Australian federal election 2022: Data shows Labor, Liberal Party more likely to preselect women in marginal seats
Despite repeated warnings, Australia’s two major political parties continue to make one big mistake – and one MP has issued a scathing rebuke.The women chosen by Australia’s two major political parties to run in the upcoming federal election are predominantly chosen for seats they are unlikely to...
Presidential candidate Martha Karua,(Photo by Gallo Images / Nation Media / Jared Nyataya)
Kenya election: sexist language shows that patriarchy refuses to give way
In December 2020, a leading Kenyan political party official, Edwin Sifuna, made vulgar remarks against a woman member of parliament. While campaigning for their political allies in a by-election, Sifuna said the woman is “not attractive enough to rape”.In January this year, controversial bishop...
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga - Australian National University
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga
In this In brief, the authors consider lessons learned in the aftermath of women candidates’ defeat in the 18 November 2021 general election. They identify five intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga: voters’ expectations of reciprocity in exchange for electoral support; deeply...

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UN Women
ZGC targeting to capacitate Zimbabwe women in politics
ZGC targeting to capacitate Zimbabwe women in politics (Picture by Mkhululi Ncube Chronicle)
UN Women
Nigeria: UN seeks equitable media access for female politicians
UN seeks equitable media access for female politicians (Punch)
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women’s political empowerment in Nigeria
Nigerian National Assembly (Picture IPU)
UNDP
Violence against women in elections platform launched in Libya
Violence against women in elections platform launched in Libya (Libya Review)

Related Websites

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