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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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(L-R) Kathy Barnette, Andrea Campbell and Maya Wiley are all expected to run in the 2022 midterms.AP / Getty file
Black women will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2022 midterm elections
More Black women ran in the 2020 cycle than ever before, and advocates expect 2022 will break that record.The 2022 midterms are just barely starting to ramp up, but Black women political leaders and...
Women take part in a performance of Las Tesis feminist collective while lawmakers debate and vote on an impeachment motion against Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, in Valparaiso, Chile December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo
Chile's women shine in constitution vote as more men need leg-up to stay ev...
Chilean women made such a strong showing in elections to pick candidates to draft the country's new constitution that adjustments to ensure the body was equally split between genders had to be made...
Mamata Banerjee with nephew Abhisekh Banerjee's daughter Azania. Credit: PTI Photo
Bengal election result 2021: Women voters played an instrumental role in TMC...
M Modi’s widely popularised ‘Didi... o Didi’ taunts did not go down well with the women in a state where they are traditionally used to social equalityWest Bengal resoundingly voted the Trinamool...
Among the three new state Assemblies being analysed here, only Kerala recorded a marginal increase in seats for women from 8 to 11.
Explained: Share of women, youth in new state Assemblies
The age and gender profiles of 3 of the newly elected Assemblies show that the share of women MLAs is unchanged in West Bengal, has grown slightly in Kerala, and fallen in Tamil Nadu. West Bengal has...
 A woman fills in a ballot for the 2020 U.S presidential election in Fairfax, Virginia, November 3, 2020.
USA: Women outnumber and outvote men, but they don’t vote alike
Female voters are not a sure bet for Democrats, recent research on voting says.While Black, Latina and Asian American women voted for Democratic President...
The Fawcett Society said: ‘Without concerted effort we simply won’t see gender equality and women will continue to be an unheard majority.’ Photograph: Paul Warburton/Alamy
Concern as just a third of candidates in English local elections are women
Fawcett Society says more needs to be done to encourage women into politicsMore needs to be done to encourage women into politics, the UK’s leading charity for gender equality has said, as data...
Staff of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists ahead of the upcoming general elections, at the commission's local offices in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on April 6, 2021. - ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinian women still underrepresented on electoral lists
Although the Palestinian electoral law has been amended to raise the quota for women's participation in the Palestinian elections from 20% to 26%, Palestinian women continue to be unfairly...
Will we see more women, more Coloured, more disabled people on the Holyrood benches after the 6 May election? REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Could the new Scottish Parliament turn out to be the most diverse ever?
Since its creation in 1999, the Scottish Parliament has provided a forum to address issues like health, education and the environment, which directly affect the nation. However, as far...
Michelle Roberts was elected as the first female speaker of WA Parliament.CREDIT:THE WEST AUSTRALIAN/KELSEY REID
Women’s day as record setting parliament sworn in
The lower house of Western Australia’s newly elected 41st Parliament sat for the first time on Thursday, marking a momentous occasion with the swearing-in of a record number of women in the chamber...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Parliament in 2020: The year in review
© Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images via AFP
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