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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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Military personnels carriy ballot boxes and voting equipment to a polling station in Praia, on April 17, 2021, on the eve of the parliamentary elections.   -   Copyright © africanews SEYLLOU / AFP
Cape Verde votes in election that could see first female prime minister
Cape Vedians headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the parliamentary elections.On voters' minds will be the Covid pandemic which has devastated the tourism-dependent economy.Six parties are...
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The women that upended Samoa’s politics
Following last week’s election, Samoa’s long-time ruler could be displaced by the country’s first female leader.Samoa is home to one of the world’s longest serving leaders. Prime Minister Tuilaepa...
Samoa election workers tally votes. Opposition leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa could become the island's first female leader with her new party tied with the prime minister's and a lone independent holding the balance of power Handout Samoa Electoral Commissio
Samoa election result hailed as victory for women
Wellington (AFP) – Samoa’s cliff-hanger general election is a victory for under-represented women in Pacific island politics, regardless of the final outcome, opposition leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa...
The last cabinet of the last Dutch government, pictured here in 2017. -Copyright Credit:AP
Dutch election: Is online sexism holding women back from becoming MPs?
With female participation in this week’s election in the Netherlands breaking records, one campaign group can be excused for feeling optimistic.Stem op een Vrouw(Vote for A Women) was set up in 2017...
 Chadian women hold political weight in Chad.  -  Copyright © africanews Jerome Delay/AP2008
Chad: Women hold decisive vote in upcoming presidential election
In Chad, women represent more than 50% of the total population and are a decisive electorate -- capable of tipping the scale in elections.Although a law on parity already exists in the constitution,...
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From fundraising to the VP, why 2020 was a pivotal year for women in US politics
2020 was a milestone year for women in politics in the US. The country saw the highest numbers of women entering Congress and the executive in its history.Progress built on the midterm elections in...
Yifat Sasha-Biton, No. 2 in Israel's New Hope party, speaks during a visit to the Academic and Technology College of Tel-Hai in northern Israel, March 9, 2021. (Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images)
Record number of women win on Israel’s election day, but progress remains elusiv...
A projected 30 women will enter the Israeli legislature, a record for an Election Day, but it appears female representation in parliament will remain roughly the same for the 24th Knesset as in past...
Labor party leader Merav Michaeli at the party's conference ahead of the Israeli elections in Hod Hasharon, March 14, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Can she handle it? How the Israeli media covers women politicians
Women running for the Knesset have to overcome not only voters' gender stereotypes, but a media landscape that is heavily skewed in men's favor.Merav Michaeli, the head of Israel’s Labor Party, ...
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Gender quota helps women win in Egypt
By Fatma TawfikIn 2019, after Egypt witnessed a long fight for gender equality in the political, economic and social spheres, the Egyptian parliament approved a constitutional amendment that includes...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Parliament in 2020: The year in review
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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