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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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Milena Pires campaign poster. Source: SBS / Aneeta Bhole
20.03.2022
Meet the women in Timor-Leste's presidential election
As Timor-Leste looks to its presidential elections on Saturday, several female candidates are standing. Will they persuade the new generation of voters of a need for a greater voice in politics?Women...
La force aux femmes, dit ce slogan porté par les féministes, lors des manifestations populaires de 2019. (OLJ)
18.03.2022
Lebanese women in Parliament: So many barriers and very little progress
The general political context in 2022 is definitely different from that of 2018. But will the new Lebanese Parliament consist of more than six women following the May 15 elections?While the deadline...
La líder ambiental Francia Márquez, en Medellín, Colombia, en febrero de 2022. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO (AFP)
14.03.2022
Francia Márquez, the Colombian electoral phenomenon
The environmental leader won more votes than the center candidate Sergio Fajardo without having held public office and with a campaign that began only three months ago.Following this unprecedented...
Image credit: International IDEA supports a regional campaign on women political participation:  - International IDEA
11.03.2022
International IDEA supports a regional campaign on women political participation...
International IDEA has made women's participation one of its main axes in improving the inclusiveness of electoral processes in the Arab region.To combat inequitable attitudes towards women in the...
After #MeToo, the female factor shakes up France’s presidential race - Financial Times
10.03.2022
After #MeToo, the female factor shakes up France’s presidential race
Two women frontrunners seek to unseat Macron as feminist issues move up the agenda.Presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse began a live interview with one of France’s most popular television hosts by...
Saraswoti Nepali, ward member, Shiwalaya Rural Municipality, Karnali Provinc - International IDEA
10.03.2022
Meaningful inclusion demands constant investment, but female local officials hav...
The 22 years old Saraswati Nepali is the mom of two kids and lives approximately five hours' drive (and five hours walk) away from the headquarter of Karnali Province, Surkhet—a place that paid the...
How feminism became a hot topic in South Korea's presidential election - CNN
10.03.2022
How feminism became a hot topic in South Korea's presidential election
A furious crowd gathered in central Seoul last month to protest against the policies of a man who isn't even in power.Waving signs and wearing white sashes emblazoned with the words "Vote for Women...
South Korea’s poisonous gender politics a test for next president - The Guardian
08.03.2022
South Korea’s poisonous gender politics a test for next president
As election campaign enters final stages, the two leading candidates have been accused of pandering to sexism to win the votes of aggrieved young men.The identity of South Korea’s next leader will be...
From left to the right: David Fardo (Youth parliament - PJ); Sheila Manjate (Women Forum - FM); Osman Cossing (Institute for Multiparty Democracy - IMD); António Nhantumbo (Mozambican Association of PwD - ADEMO); Roda Mondlane (Friedrich-Erbert-Stiftung )
07.03.2022
The contribution of women to and gender issues in the 2021/2022 electoral reform...
After a quarter of a century of democratic experience that followed another 25 years of a revolutionary process that put women’s emancipation at the centre of the revolutionary discourse, women in...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Understanding gender equality issues in electoral processes and EMBs
Understanding gender equality issues in electoral processes and EMBs - Photo credit: Marius Opera on Unsplash.
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Australia: Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election
Australia: Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election - The Conversation
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Fiji: Young people, women encouraged to take part In this year’s elections
Fiji: Young people, women encouraged to take part In this year’s elections  (Photo: Nicolette Chambers)
UN Women
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria

Related Websites

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