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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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Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, Democrat Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Democrat Kathy Hochul of New York (A/Getty Images)
USA: Female governors will break a record in 2023
The US will have a record number of female governors in 2023. Still, the record-setting number – 12 – will represent a small fraction of the top executives across the 50 states.The previous record of...
Massachusetts Gov.-elect Maura Healey speaks during a Democratic election night party Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
USA: These 2022 candidates made history with their election wins
As the results from the midterm elections started pouring in Tuesday night, a number of candidates made history. So far, there have been barriers broken by women including women of color, young...
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun (seated, 4th left) with forum participants at the Royal Lake Club banquet hall, Taman Tasik Perdana, October 5, 2022. — Bernama pic
Political leaders commit to 30% women representation in elections
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — Leaders from various political parties today were all on the same page in their commitment to achieving the target of fielding 30 per cent women candidates in elections, in turn...
Mette Frederiksen during an election night event at the Parliament in Copenhagen, on Nov. 2. Photographer: Carsten Snejbjerg/Bloomberg
Denmark elects record 44% women to parliament with female PM set to win another...
Number of women in legislature jumps to highest after electionFemale prime minister is also likely to win another termDanes elected a record number of women into the national parliament in this week’...
A Tunisian woman holds up a placard that reads in Arabic: “We are full citizens, not a decoration for sponsorships,” during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia on October 7, 2022. © 2022 Chedly Ben Ibrahim/AP Photo
Tunisia tramples gender parity ahead of parliamentary elections
Recent Change to Electoral Law Reverses Major Advance for Women’s RightsA new electoral law introduced by Tunisian President Kais Saied on September 15 eliminated the principle of gender parity in...
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Over 1,400 candidates apply for parliamentary elections in Tunisia
Parliamentary elections slated for Dec. 17, women representation stands at 15%TUNIS – A total of 1,429 candidates have applied to contest Tunisia's parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on Dec...
Academics and politicians aiming to see more mothers elected to public office hold a news conference in Tokyo on Monday. | TOMOKO OTAKE
Project aims to help mothers run in Japan's local elections next year
A group of researchers and female politicians said Monday that they will start a campaign to help mothers with young children run in next April’s nationwide gubernatorial and municipal assembly...
Slovenia may have its first female president following this month's elections to fill the post. [EPA/ANTONIO BAT]
Slovenia’s presidential elections could return first female head of state
Polls predict that an independent candidate supported by the Pirates and Greens is likely to win the run-off against right-wing and ruling party-backed hopefuls to become Slovenia’s first female...
Australia’s air force has helped transport ballot papers for Vanuatu’s election. Photograph: Ginny Stein/The Guardian
Vanuatu goes to polls by air, sea and road in snap election after lightning camp...
First-time candidates vie with incumbents for 52 seats after government dissolved ‘Red Roof’ parliament to ward off no-confidence vote.After a short and sharp 10-day campaign, voters in Vanuatu...

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