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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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Two transgender women win seats in German parliament
BERLIN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Two German politicians from the Greens have made history by becoming the first transgender women to win parliamentary seats in Sunday's national election.Tessa Ganserer...
Iceland's prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, speaks to the media at a polling station in Reykjavik on Saturday. Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty
Iceland no longer has more female than male MPs after recount
Initial election result gave women 33 seats, but total was later revised down to 30.Iceland briefly celebrated electing a female-majority parliament on Sunday, before a recount produced a result just...
Qataris vote in the Gulf Arab state's first legislative elections for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council
Qatar: No women elected in nation's first ever legislative polls
Male candidates were elected in all 30 of the seats up for grabs on the Shura Council, despite 26 women running in the polls.None of the 26 women who stood in Qatar's first ever legislative elections...
FROM LEFT: Shura Council candidates Fatma Ahmed Al Kuwari, Al Maha Jassim Al Majed, and Fatma Ghanem Muhammad Saad al Kubaisi
Women candidates upbeat of winning seats in Qatar's Shura Council polls
With the election campaign for the Shura Council is nearing its end, the women candidates seem very confident to secure seats as since the beginning of election campaign only two women have withdrawn...
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (foreground right) meets women leaders in Mogadishu, Somalia.
In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participati...
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and...
Nada al-Jubori, a candidate in Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections, speaks to her supporters in Baghdad, Iraq September 9, 2021. REUTERS/Charlotte Bruneau
Braving intimidation, hundreds of Iraqi women run for parliament
BAGHDAD, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in...
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Two women campaign to become France’s 1st female president
PARIS (AP) — Two French politicians kicked off their presidential campaigns Sunday, seeking to become France’s first female leader in next year’s spring election.The far-right National Rally party’s...
La maire socialiste de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, lors de l'annonce de sa candidature à Rouen, le 12 septembre 2021. © Thomas Samson, AFP
Socialist Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo sets sights on 2022 presidential race
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo threw her hat in the ring for France's 2022 presidential election on Sunday in Rouen. Her announcement brought an end to months of speculation that she would seek the...
The swearing in on the 24th (Photo: Anetone Sagaga)
Court declares F.A.S.T. Government; impasse over
The Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party is the new Government of Samoa's bringing an end to three months of a national political stalemate.The...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Parliament in 2020: The year in review
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UN Women
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UNDP Online Course on Enhancing Women’s Participation Throughout the Electoral Cycle
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