Women’s political participation in electoral processes requires targeted support to overcome gender discrimination. Key strategies for enhancing gender balance in electoral processes include: working with political parties to promote gender sensitive policies and practices to foster women’s leadership; targeted outreach and support for women to register to vote and safely access polling stations; guarantee of protection from election related violence and harassment; the use of quotas and temporary special measures to increase women’s representation; effective technical and financial support to women candidates and political leaders; and engagement of male champions for women’s empowerment and gender equality.


History in the making as Trinidad and Tobago's first female president sworn...
Eight years after the country's first female Prime Minister was elected, Trinidad and Tobago witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of the country's first female President, Paula-Mae Weekes. ...
Tasmania elects majority of women in Australia state first
Tasmania has become the first state in Australian history to elect a majority of female MPs to its legislature.The state, Australia's smallest, held its election on 3 March, but counting was not...
Record number of women elected in Kenya’s 2017 general elections, but women’s re...
A new report published by NDI and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya) highlights a number of important political gains made by women during the 2017 general elections. For the first...
Women dominate Italy’s army of undecided voters
On the evening of Italy’s March 4 general election, Tiziana Stellato will be counting ballots in the hospital where she works. But like many disgruntled Italians, she may not even vote.What is...
Five women lead Iraqi election lists in Kurdistan
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region — Women in Kurdistan are heading several parties’ voting lists, and some don’t want Iraq’s 25-percent quota system to be seen as the reason for their candidacies in this...
Cameroon seeks greater female political participation
YAOUNDE — Political parties in Cameroon have set an ambitious goal ahead of this year’s polls — to put women in at least 30 percent of elected offices.An all-female orchestra plays as 300 women...
A huge 2018 story: More than 500 women are running for major office
WASHINGTON — No matter which party ultimately triumphs in the November midterm elections, here is one thing we know for sure about 2018: It will be the Year of the Woman — supercharged.“As of last...
Trinidad and Tobago elects its first female president: Paula-Mae Weekes
Justice Paula-Mae Weekes has been elected president of island nation Trinidad and Tobago. This makes her the first woman to lead the twin sovereign island in the southernmost part...
Meet Iceland's New Feminist, Environmentalist Prime Minister
Iceland chose its second woman prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir of the Left-Green Movement on Thursday.Described as "charismatic" and "trustworthy", the 41-year old will now have to lead a...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UNDP Online Course on Enhancing Women’s Participation Throughout the Electoral Cycle
Inter-Parliamentary Union
IPU Press Release for International Women's Day 2017: More ambitious measures needed to enhance women’s representation in parliament
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
A framework for developing internal gender policies for electoral management bodies

Related Websites

European Commission-UNDP Electoral Assistance
NDI's “Votes Without Violence” initiative