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

10.01.2018
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...
26.12.2017
Chile election ends era of female presidents in Latin America
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - When Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet leaves office in March, it will mark the end of a generation of women leaders in Latin America, leaving the region without a female head...
05.12.2017
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...
06.11.2017
'Fed up with the old boys' club': Women elected to top municipal...
7 of 18 borough mayors elected in Montreal are women, as are many city councillors and other Quebec mayors.  Yesterday, Montrealers elected a woman to be mayor for the first time. "We...
23.10.2017
Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand's youngest woman leader
New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern.Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country's...
25.09.2017
Court ruling raises hopes among Kenyan women for more political representation
NAIROBI, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buoyed by record gains in last month's elections, Kenyan activists say they hope the nation's top court will enforce women's right to better political...
08.09.2017
Women fight for political relevance in Zimbabwe
Women in Mutare have added their voices on the growing calls for women to register and vote for female candidates in the forthcoming elections.Women from various districts in the Manicaland province...
18.08.2017
Women experience in elections ‘positive’ overall, says SIGI
AMMAN –– The overall experience of women in the latest elections, whether as voters or candidates, was “positive”, despite some shortcomings related to legal loopholes, according to a coalition...
14.08.2017
Liberia elections: Making 2017 count for women
In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year.Women...

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