Toolkit on how to build the capacities of women politicians and political parties

Guide / Training Material

June 21, 2016

Toolkit on how to build the capacities of women politicians and political parties

Women comprise over 50 per cent of the world’s population, but they continue to be underrepresented in all political arenas. Democracy cannot truly deliver for all citizens if half of the population remains underrepresented. In a representative democratic system, political parties hold the power to enhance participation of marginalised groups, including women. Therefore, as the gatekeepers of women’s participation in politics, political parties are crucial actors when it comes to equal political participation and a well-functioning democracy.

This toolkit gathers good practices of Demo Finland and highlights good methods used around the world to enhance gender equality in politics. It is aimed at facilitators but it has plenty of good reference material, tools and other information for anyone interested in strengthening women’s political participation. We hope you will find this toolkit useful and inspiring.

Its objectives are to support capacity building in the following areas:

• Strengthening political parties in building their capacity on all aspects of gender equality and intra-party democracy.

• Developing an Action Plan with indicators to promote gender equality within parties.

• Supporting political parties’ women’s organisations in building alliances and adopting best practices for cross-party collaboration.

• Supporting collaboration between political women’s organisations and civil society organisations in order to improve women’s position in society, in general.

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Elina Hatakka
Anita Kelles-Viitanen
Demo Finland
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