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

09.11.2018
American women won at the ballot in record numbers. Here’s what’s next
Historic wins for women in the midterm elections drove home the interpretation that 2018 was, indeed, the “Year of the Woman.” But it remains unknown whether women’s political capital will continue...
09.11.2018
Indian women are voting more than ever. Will they change Indian society?
Are Indian women voting at higher rates than before?Women in India are casting their ballots more frequently, and in greater numbers. Women’s turnout has actually been higher than that of men in two-...
07.11.2018
Voters send record number of women to US Congress
Female candidates for Congress made history on Tuesday night, with more than 100 women sweeping into office on the strength of a Democratic House takeover powered in large part by college-educated...
07.11.2018
Record level of women in New Zealand Parliament
There are 46 women in the 52nd Parliament of New Zealand, the highest level of representation for women in its history.Women make up 38.4 percent of the total 120 MPs in the new Parliament, a boost...
07.11.2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins, becoming youngest woman ever elected to the US Co...
Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her race for a U.S. House seat in New York’s 14th District on Tuesday, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.The 29-year-old political...
06.11.2018
12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in American polit...
Even before the votes are in, the numbers prove it: 2018 is the Year of the Woman.If Democrats retake the House, the Senate, or both, it’ll be because women launched the most effective, sustained...
06.11.2018
Record number of women elected in Israeli municipal elections
Female politicians made history this week in Israel with a record of at least 11 women chosen to head cities and local councils across the country, five more than in the previous municipal elections...
06.11.2018
13 Questions about women and the midterms
By Susan ChiraConventional wisdom on women and politics goes like this:Women must pile up credentials because voters see men as more qualified. Women are trusted on issues like education, health...
31.10.2018
Female candidates break barriers, except when it comes to money
Rashida Tlaib, running in a tough six-way Democratic primary for a House seat in Michigan and positioning herself to be the first Muslim woman in Congress, was thrilled when a man who champions...

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
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