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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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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...
Papua New Guinea: No reserved seats for women (© The National)
10.03.2022
Papua New Guinea: No reserved seats for women
The plan to have five regional seats reserved for women beginning in the general election this year has been shelved, a senior government official told a parliamentary committee yesterday.Ivan...
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...
Statue of Nupi Lan in Imphal, Manipur - Outlook Magazine
03.03.2022
The curious case of women in Manipur politics 
At the fore on social and economic fronts, women are in the backseat when it comes to political representation.Grace Jajo’s voice first choked and then she broke into tears, a microphone in her hand...
Sen. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, one of only two women currently in the Senate - The New Dawn
02.03.2022
Liberia: Women strategize for 2023 elections
The YWCA in collaboration with the Women Working Group on women’s peace and security has ended a three-day workshop here, geared at preparing women to participate in the 2023 Presidential and general...

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UN Women
Lebanon elects record number of women to parliament
A woman takes a photograph of another standing in front of a wall of cement blocks, set up by Lebanese security forces to bar a street leading to the parliament building, Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 24, 2020. - Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images
Inter-Parliamentary Union
More women and more diversity in new Australian parliament
 Voters queuing at a polling centre in Melbourne in May 2022. William WEST / AFP
UN Women
Kenya Elections: Ann Nderitu on good governance and regulating the country's political parties
Anne Nderitu was driven to act after witnessing Kenya's post-election violence of 2007/8. She now heads the country's office for regulating political parties. Photo: UN Women/Luke Horswell
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.

Related Websites

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