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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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Women’s groups welcome move, but say implementing it in time for Feb. 8 vote will be challenging
Somali PM reserves 30% of parliament seats for women in upcoming poll
GAROWE, Somalia, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly a third of Somalia's parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a...
Speaking in a landmark press conference on Monday, ahead of the election which is now scheduled for January 7, 2021, the women coalition, comprising some of the nation’s foremost women advocates and politicians, called on the authority to ensure that the
Liberian women demand security for female senatorial candidate ahead of reschedu...
Monrovia – A coalition of Liberian women have joined the only female and leading senatorial candidate in the ongoing election in Gbarpolu County, Madam Botoe Kanneh in seeking assurances from...
Kuwaiti women cast their ballots at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kuwait City on December 5, 2020. (AFP)
Kuwaitis wonder why even the women voted for men
Some women suggested on social media that time has come for a quota system.KUWAIT – The curtain has fallen on the legislative elections in Kuwait. Preliminary results show that women gained no...
Some 30 candidates under the age of 45 will join the new lawmaking body
Kuwait election delivers all-male parliament
All of the female candidates in Kuwait's parliamentary election lost their races. The unofficial opposition took nearly half of the seats, amid calls for reforms over corruption and high debt. ...
'You can't be what you can't see': Female politicians of col...
The ascension of Kamala Harris as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect is both symbolic and important to many women across the United States, and several...
With Harris as VP, South Asian women see an opening into politics
After Joe Biden was projected to have won the presidency Saturday morning, Kamala Harris is set to become the next vice president of the U.S., making her the first Asian American, the first...
How much does it cost to be a politician in Uganda?
As Uganda’s general elections, scheduled for January and February 2021, approach, many are asking what they will bring. Another important question to ask, however, is what they will cost.A new ...
Meet the women in politics who paved the way for Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris crashed through one of the highest of American glass ceilings on Saturday, becoming the first woman elected vice president of the United States. She will serve alongside President-elect...
Kamala Harris: The many identities of the first woman vice-president
Kamala Harris savoured the moment she became the first woman, and the first black and Asian American, to be vice-president-elect, with a very hearty laugh.In a video posted to her social media she...

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