Summit for Democracy Cohort on Gender Equality as a Prerequisite for Democracy

Academic Paper / Article

May 23, 2023

Summit for Democracy Cohort on Gender Equality as a Prerequisite for Democracy


International IDEA

During the Summit for Democracy Year of Action, the S4D cohort on Gender Equality as a Prerequisite for Democracy identified recommendations for strengthening democracy by promoting gender equality, Statement and Roadmap of recommendations. The co-leads of the gender cohort – Sweden, Romania, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and International IDEA encourage governments and civil society to consider the recommendations and proposed actions.  

The Gender Cohort strongly supports the themes for the Regional Summits for Democracy 2023. The regional themes have a critical link to gender equality and democracy nexus and the Gender Cohort has developed specific briefs on gender for each theme: Youth; Anti-Corruption; Free, Fair and Transparent Elections; Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and Media Freedom. 

Statement and Roadmap of Recommendations

The recommendations and proposed actions were identified in consultation with the cohort consisting of over 100 representatives of governments and civil society from all regions of the world. Governments and civil society are encouraged to consider the recommendations as tools for strengthening democracy by promoting gender equality. The recommendations focus on three pillars: inclusion; legislative and policy frameworks; and conflict prevention, peace and security. Each thematic pillar is fundamental for gender equality in democracy processes. 



Briefs of the Democracy Cohort on Gender Equality

Summit for Democracy Cohort on Gender Equality as a Prerequisite for Democracy Free, Fair and Transparent Elections

Gender equality is fundamental to the electoral process because it enables women—as voters, candidates and elected officials—to influence public policy and advocate for their interests. However, women face significant obstacles to political participation, including the use of targeted gender-based violence and intimidation meant to discourage them from running for office or exercising their political rights. Challenges and risks are even greater for women from historically marginalized communities. Additionally, women are less likely to be recruited and selected as candidates, are less likely to have equal access to campaign funds and face greater challenges to proportional representation.  READ THE BRIEF >

Click here to read the full article published International IDEA on 30 March 2023.

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Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu
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International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)