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Violence Against Women in Politics
For more than one year, the groundbreaking #MeToo movement and related Time’s Up initiative have broken taboos and sparked an unprecedented global conversation about the sexism, harassment and violence many women face in professional environments.Women politicians have also been saying #MeToo in...
Political Financing for Women
Money is essential for the operations of political parties, and particularly affects candidates in electoral processes. Political financing regulations can effect women’s access to run as candidates, be elected, campaign and reach out to the population. Regulations on political funding are used to...
Gender and Electoral Management Bodies in Africa
GPEC gives central importance to capacity-building of EMB for the development of a transformative and gender sensitive approach of electoral management. This is to provide African EMB with the tools and support they need to ensure the legitimacy of the process which they are responsible for,...
Fundraising strategies for women candidates
What are some strategies that women have used effectively to raise money? What makes some women very successful fundraisers? What fundraising techniques work best in different political environments (i.e.: corporate donors, direct appeal to individuals, fundraising events, etc.)? What are some...
Advocating for Quotas
What strategies have been used by women and grassroots organizations to promote the adoption and implementation of quotas? What are the main obstacles encountered by these organizations in their advocacy work?
Campaign Fundraising: How Do Women Find the Money Necessary to Run and Win?
One of the greatest issues for women running for office, and for those women deciding whether or not to run for office, is money. Women generally feel as if they have fewer financial resources and networks upon which to draw for financial campaign support. And yet women around the world are...
Ruth Mandel
Framed photos of trailblazing political women line the walls and bookshelves of a second floor corner office of Ruth Mandel, co-founder of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.See here Mandel's interview with NorthJersey.com
Video on women candidates and campaign finance
Women continue to be severely underrepresented in decision-making processes and bodies across the world at all levels. In fact,  the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) reports  only 23% of members of parliament (MPs) are women. A major contributing factor to this is the...
Jeffrey Lazarus and Amy Steigerwalt
In their new book, “Gendered Vulnerability: How Women Work Harder to Stay In Office” (University of Michigan Press), political science faculty members Amy Steigerwalt and Jeffrey Lazarus analyze the unique pressures faced by female politicians and how those pressures affect not only their campaigns...
Introduction to Quota by UNDP Lebanon
This UNDP clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections, including but not limited to quota. 
BBC Podcast: General Election 2017 and women at Westminster
What impact is the snap Election having on the selection of female candidates? With less than 7 weeks to go some parties are changing the way they're choosing who'll contest seats. Will women win or lose out on better representation at Westminster? Joining presenter Jane Garvey, Conservative...
NDI's “Votes Without Violence” initiative
Electoral violence subverts basic standards for democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. The effects, or even merely the threat, of violence can undermine the legitimacy of electoral results and broader political processes. Violence against women in elections is a...
A framework for developing internal gender policies for electoral management bodies
International IDEA has conceptualized this Framework in order to provide an example of the main elements of an internal gender policy for an electoral management body (EMB).Its purpose is to support EMBs in their aspirations and efforts to create their own internal gender policies in recognition of...
VOTES WITHOUT VIOLENCE: Monitoring and Mitigating Violence Against Women in Elections
Election monitoring, whether by citizen observation groups or international observers, can provide a significant opportunity to assess the quality of women’s participation throughout an election cycle, and identify barriers to their full and effective participation, including violence against women...
Keys to elected office: The essential guide for women
Running for office as a woman is different than it is for a man. Why? Because voters expect more from women and afford them different advantages. And even though voters say it is important to have more women in office, it doesn’t always mean they will actually vote for women.This guide is the...
Women’s Political Representation & Electoral Systems in Canada
Many Canadians are grappling with the prospect of changes to Canada’s First Past the Post electoral system. The current consultation phase represents an enormous opportunity to better understand the limitations and opportunities of electoral systems generally. This overview generated by Equal Voice...
Handbook for Monitoring Women’s Participation in Elections
This handbook provides basic guidance to all OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Missions (EOM) on monitoring women’s participation in electoral processes. It has been developed as part of the ODIHR’s effort to enhance equality between women and men by mainstreaming gender issues into all areas of its...

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iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UNDP
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