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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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Bunmi Dipo-Salami
Nigeria Decides: Vote for Candidates that will prioritise women’s development, B...
The call for an increase in the representation of women in governance and other leadership positions has remained a mirage in Nigeria, with several factors militating against it, especially since the...
The Kathmandu Post
Nepal: Landmark bill to boost women candidacy in polls
Election Commission is drafting a bill to increase women’s candidacy in all three tiers of government by a third.At least one third of the elected representatives in the federal parliament must be...
The Island
Harassment of women in politics on the rise in Sri Lanka
Election monitors and activists express concern that digital harassment of female politicians will increase when the local council elections campaign gets into full swing in the coming weeks....
A women casts her ballot in  the 2018 general elections in Freetown. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP
Sierra Leone opens door for more women in parliament
A new law in Sierra Leone will ensure that at least 30% of parliamentarians are women and impose similar quotas in other institutions, including government, local councils, the diplomatic corps and...
FILE - A group of women take shelter under a tree a the Bogo IDP camp in Maroua, Cameroon, April 28, 2022.
Cameroon activists push gender parity for Senate elections
MAROUA, CAMEROON — Activists in Cameroon are urging more women candidates to enter races for Senate seats before a January 28 deadline. Only 26 members of Cameroon's 100-member senate are women...
Princess Chichi Ojei, presidential candidate of Allied People’s Movement (APM) for 2023 election.
Nigeria: APM's Chichi Ojei vows to win 2023 presidential election
Princess Chichi Ojei, Presidential Candidate of Allied People’s Movement (APM), has expressed confidence of winning the February presidential election.Ojei said this on Friday in Abuja, in a New Year...
PBS - Maysoon Khan, Associated Press/Report for America
Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York’s 1st woman elected governor
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in for her first elected term on Sunday, making history as the first woman elected to the position in the state.The Democrat, launching her...
BJP's Reena Kashyap (Picture The Indian Express)
Himachal Pradesh: Every second voter a female, but only one woman MLA
In the November 12 Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the performance of women candidates was dismal and only one out of 24 in the fray was elected.The new 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly will...
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections (Picture: New Dawn)
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections
The deal to upholding women’s political participation and leadership in the 2023 presidential and General elections remains elusive and daunting, as the Woman Legislative Caucus of Liberia launches a...

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UN Women, UNDP
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections (Picture: New Dawn)
UN Women, UNDP
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections (Picture: New Dawn)
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Between sexual objectification and death threats: Electoral officials all over the world face unprecedented levels of disinformation, aggression and harassment
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Inter-Parliamentary Union
The blame game: Analyzing gender bias in Danish local elections
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Related Websites

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