Elections

Elections

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.

News

23.05.2018
Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History
Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former State House leader, who will test...
17.05.2018
USA: Women will probably lose more than they will win in 2018, but their candida...
A record number of women are running at all levels of government this year, and for the second consecutive week of primaries, a notable number of them are winning.Across four states Tuesday, women...
16.05.2018
Pennsylvania Primaries deliver strong wins for Democratic women
A state representative, an Air Force veteran and two high-powered lawyers — all women — won Democratic House primaries on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, where a record number of women ran for House seats...
14.05.2018
Lebanon elects six women to Parliament
Lebanon’s new Parliament will include six female lawmakers across the country, up from just four in the 2009-era Parliament, with several fresh faces. The landmark May 6 elections saw a record 86...
11.05.2018
Iraq Elections: What role will gender quotas play?
Whatever the outcome of Iraq's May 12 parliamentary elections, female candidates are guaranteed at least 25% of the seats, as per the country's constitution.This year, nearly 2,600 female...
03.05.2018
Meet two of the women leading the effort to overhaul politics in Lebanon
There are only four women in Lebanon’s female-unfriendly parliament, where even the women’s affairs minister is a man. A record number of female candidates – 84 to be precise – are trying to correct...
02.05.2018
Women Step Up for State Office
Nevada and Arizona could make history this fall, with both states positioned to elect the first female-majority legislative chambers in the nation's history.Nationally, campaign operatives say they...
01.05.2018
Southeast communities strategize on women’s participation in elections
Participants at UN-backed events in the southeastern provinces of Paktya and Paktika called on community members to work together to support women’s participation in the upcoming elections.In two...
30.04.2018
Ethiopia parliament elects female speaker, Muferiat Kamil
Ethiopia’s parliament, the House of Peoples’ Representatives, has chosen a former Minister of Women’s Affairs, as its new speaker, state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting Corporate reports.The report...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
UNDP
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