Equitable participation of women in politics and government is essential for building and sustaining democracy. Although they comprise over 50 percent of the world’s population, women continue to be under-represented as voters, political leaders and elected officials.
Against this backdrop, four leading organizations in the field of women’s political participation – International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) – implement a joint strategy to boosts each of the organization’s efforts to foster gender equality in politics.
The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is a unique platform that draws on the expertise of these four partners, acting as a one-stop shop for experts in the area of women’s political participation, as well as a platform that fosters exchange, dialogue and knowledge creation for all who are engaged in promoting women’s political participation.
Since its inception in 2007, iKNOW Politics’ goal is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life by allowing users to:
- Access resources, including the online library and the information and expertise of other users, experts and practitioners;
- Create knowledge in discussion forums and expert responses to member queries; and
- Share experiences by facilitating the exchange of lessons learned and best practices among members of a global community committed to the advancement of women in politics.
All content and resources on the iKNOW Politics Web site are available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.