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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 show voter ID cards during Panchayat election, at Bakkas polling centre on April 19, 2021 in Lucknow, India. Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images / Time
19.01.2022
India’s Congress Party Courts Women in Major State Elections
An actress jailed for protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial citizenship law, the mother of a rape survivor, and a beauty pageant winner. These are the women leading India’s once-...
In Pakistan, women’s maximum participation in local government polls stressed  Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
18.01.2022
In Pakistan, women’s maximum participation in local government polls stressed
South Asia Partnership (SAP) Pakistan and Aurat Foundation held a convention on women’s political participation in Pakistan on Saturday. The focus was on women in local government.Dorab Patel...
Male aspirants feel disheartened as government reserves Berhampur Municipal Corporation mayor post for women. Credits: The Time of India
18.01.2022
Male aspirants feel disheartened as government reserves Berhampur Municipal Corp...
Several male aspirants of different political parties, who aimed to contest for the mayor’s post of Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) in the upcoming election of the civic body, were...
Candidate officielle à la présidentielle française, Christiane Taubira veut bousculer le paysage à gauche. Crédits: Le Figaro
17.01.2022
Former justice minister Christiane Taubira joins France's presidential race
France's former justice minister Christiane Taubira on Saturday launched her bid to unify the floundering French left and challenge President Emmanuel Macron in April presidential elections, but...
Cheri Beasley, a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, speaks with the owners of Zwelis, a Zimbabwean restaurant, in Durham, N.C., on July 7, 2021.Getty Images file
17.01.2022
Black women look to make historic gains in 2022 US midterm elections
Cheri Beasley is well aware of the challenges facing Black women who run for statewide office. “I know what it's like to hear the doubters and those who are skeptical that people of color can't win,...
The Congress party announced its first list of 86 candidates for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections (Photo: Getty | Representative)
17.01.2022
Indian Punjab polls: Congress party’s first list of 86 has only 9 women candidat...
The Congress party on Saturday released its first list of 86 candidates in Punjab. Out of the total, Congress has decided to field only nine women candidates in the upcoming polls.Ahead of the...
Primera ministra de Barbados, Mia Mottley, en la XVI Conferencia Raúl Prebisch en Ginebra, Suiza, 10 de septiembre de 2019. Foto en Flickr de Timothy Sullivan, UNCTAD (CC BY-SA 2.0).
14.01.2022
Barbados prime minister calls a snap election, the first poll for the island as...
For the first time in the island’s history, women leaders will take Barbados’ two major political parties into the arena as the island prepares for a snap general election. Incumbent prime minister,...
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra released the first list of candidates for UP polls on Thursday - Hindustan Times
13.01.2022
Indian UP assembly election 2022: Congress releases first list of 125 candidates...
Congress' Uttar Pradesh in-charge and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been leading the charge in the state. She has made several populist announcements and started direct interactions...
Elections in India, one polling station in each constituency to be handled by women - Credit: Wikimedia
11.01.2022
Elections in India, one polling station in each constituency to be handled by wo...
The Election Commission, on Saturday, mandated that one polling station in each constituency should be managed by women in the upcoming Assembly Elections. This is introduced in a bid to facilitate...

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