iKNOW Politics, an online network dedicated to the advancement of women in politics around the world, has come to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It’s a country where women are significantly underrepresented politically and where, as the nation prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections next month, hundreds of women turned out to learn how the online network could help them build successful candidacies.
More than 250 women leaders, candidates, activists and representatives of women’s organizations came together for a Sept. 20 launch event that was followed by a week-long campaign school for 100 women planning to run in elections Nov. 28. During the last polls, held in 2006, fewer than 1,100 of 9,000 candidates for parliament were women. More women are expected to run this time.