There is growing recognition that stable peace and national prosperity can only be achieved when institutions are democratic and representative of all groups of society. The United Nations' support for electoral processes now plays a pivotal role in many peace-keeping and peace-building activities. Enhancing women's participation in electoral processes in post-conflict countries is an integral part of these efforts. it is also in keeping with the many instruments and declarations that member States have adopted to promote the situation of women worldwide.
The current handbook is intended to provide a quick reference guide to assist headquaters- and field- based actors from the United Nations, Governments and civil society working to promote greater participation of women in electoral proceses in post-conflict countries.