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.


From New Zealand to Saudi Arabia: When women won the vote worldwide
The Representation of People Act 1918 granted the vote to Irish and English women aged over 30 who met certain property qualifications.While some nations had extended that right to women earlier,...
DRC Elections—Will Congolese women have a fair chance?
“The forthcoming elections is a decisive turning point for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), because if we really do have these elections despite the fact that it has long dragged out, it will...
Nigeria: UN Women and UNDP launch awareness programme to prevent violence agains...
United Nation Women and United Nations Development programme (UNDP) on Monday launched a programme guide to prevent violence against women in the 2019 general elections.The launch which was organised...
Record number of Bahraini women elected to parliament
A record number of women have been elected in Bahrain's elections in what officials say is an historic achievement that has broken the glass ceiling of representation in the country's...
Nigerian women in politics call for gender responsive reporting
In the build up to the 2019 general elections, Nigerian women have thought it wise that if nothing is done urgently, the few women that were lucky to secure their party tickets may not get the kind...
Malawi: CCJP calls for support for female candidates in 2019 elections
By Sylvester KumwendaLilongwe, November 27. Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe has called upon political parties that have not yet conducted their primary...
USA: A historic number of women were elected in 2018—these four are expected to...
The 2018 midterm election included a wave of victories for female candidates and major upsets across the country.Now, four prominent female Democrats are all but openly running for president. Sen....
Cristina, a survivor of domestic violence, is 24 and has never voted before
When he got to beat me, first he was grabbing my hair to hold me still, so he could beat me harder. I was trying to protect my belly, so he couldn’t hurt the child I was carrying. But when I got to...
Ending impunity for violence against women in elections in Zimbabwe
By Cait Davin,Earlier this year, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) research in Zimbabwe found that women engaging in elections as candidates, voters and journalists were...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

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

Related Websites

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