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

29.11.2018
Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as first woman president
Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office.With nearly all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat had 59% of the vote with rival...
26.11.2018
Record number of women contest in Bahrain’s local elections
Bahrain will field a record number of women candidates in the upcoming parliamentary and municipality elections to be held on November 24, although two of the three incumbent female MPs have decided...
23.11.2018
2019: UN Women solicit media support for Nigerian female politicians
The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on Thursday in Abuja expressed commitment to promoting inclusive and peaceful elections in Nigeria in 2019.The Country...
23.11.2018
189 women candidates in fray for Rajasthan assembly elections
JAIPUR: A total of 189 women candidates will be contesting the upcoming Rajasthan assembly elections, the highest number in the last 10 years.After at least 579 candidates withdrawing their...
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...

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