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Violence Against Women in Politics
For more than one year, the groundbreaking #MeToo movement and related Time’s Up initiative have broken taboos and sparked an unprecedented global conversation about the sexism, harassment and violence many women face in professional environments.Women politicians have also been saying #MeToo in...
Political Financing for Women
Money is essential for the operations of political parties, and particularly affects candidates in electoral processes. Political financing regulations can effect women’s access to run as candidates, be elected, campaign and reach out to the population. Regulations on political funding are used to...
Gender and Electoral Management Bodies in Africa
GPEC gives central importance to capacity-building of EMB for the development of a transformative and gender sensitive approach of electoral management. This is to provide African EMB with the tools and support they need to ensure the legitimacy of the process which they are responsible for,...
Fundraising strategies for women candidates
What are some strategies that women have used effectively to raise money? What makes some women very successful fundraisers? What fundraising techniques work best in different political environments (i.e.: corporate donors, direct appeal to individuals, fundraising events, etc.)? What are some...
Advocating for Quotas
What strategies have been used by women and grassroots organizations to promote the adoption and implementation of quotas? What are the main obstacles encountered by these organizations in their advocacy work?
Campaign Fundraising: How Do Women Find the Money Necessary to Run and Win?
One of the greatest issues for women running for office, and for those women deciding whether or not to run for office, is money. Women generally feel as if they have fewer financial resources and networks upon which to draw for financial campaign support. And yet women around the world are...
Indigenous congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland reflects on historic win
Haaland was 1 of 2 Native American women to be elected to the U.S. congress on TuesdayDeb Haaland was one of two Indigenous women to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, and she says she can't be happier with the historic win.Joining Haaland as another...
The 77 percent: Women in politics
Are women less corrupt than men? The Ethiopian Parliament last Tuesday approved the appointment of 20 ministers, with women also making up half of the cabinet. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed went on to say that women are considered to be less corrupt than men. Is that so? Click here to...
Ruth Mandel
Framed photos of trailblazing political women line the walls and bookshelves of a second floor corner office of Ruth Mandel, co-founder of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.See here Mandel's interview with NorthJersey.com
Video on women candidates and campaign finance
Women continue to be severely underrepresented in decision-making processes and bodies across the world at all levels. In fact,  the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) reports  only 23% of members of parliament (MPs) are women. A major contributing factor to this is the...
Jeffrey Lazarus and Amy Steigerwalt
In their new book, “Gendered Vulnerability: How Women Work Harder to Stay In Office” (University of Michigan Press), political science faculty members Amy Steigerwalt and Jeffrey Lazarus analyze the unique pressures faced by female politicians and how those pressures affect not only their campaigns...
Introduction to Quota by UNDP Lebanon
This UNDP clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections, including but not limited to quota. 
ParlAmerica's Training guide: Promoting women's candidacies in the Americas and the Caribbean
In line with its commitment to strengthening democracy and governance in the Americas and the Caribbean, ParlAmericas carries out activities related to electoral processes and women’s political participation. With these objectives in mind, parliamentarians have joined delegations accompanying and...
8 political organizations that help women run for office in the United States
Since Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss in the 2016 election, there has been a renewed interest for women in politics and women running for politics. Emily’s List reported in March that over then thousand women reached out to them about running for office, a number bigger than the number of women...
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
The publication “Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide”, jointly produced by UN Women and UNDP, brings to light the scourge of violence against women in elections.It seeks to identify the specific components of violence against women in elections, including types,...
UNDP Online Course on Enhancing Women’s Participation Throughout the Electoral Cycle
UNDP has developed a self-paced e-learning course on Enhancing Women’s Political Participation throughout the Electoral Cycle that consists of six modules, covering the three phases of the electoral cycle, as well as an introduction, a summary and a module dedicated to internal EMB structures and...
Online course on youth participation in electoral processes
This online course offers a dynamic and interactive approach to the question of youth participation in electoral processes and constitutes an important knowledge tool for electoral management bodies (EMBs). It aims to provide key understanding of the barriers youth are facing to participate and...
Manual for Incorporating a Gender Perspective into OAS Electoral Observation Missions
The methodology for incorporating a gender perspective into OAS/EOMs presented in this manual provides OAS international electoral observation with the technical tools for a careful examination of equitable participation by men and women throughout the electoral process. Other methodologies...

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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