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.


Wind of change in Djibouti
Djibouti’s new legislature is making great efforts to become more representative of the country’s people. Elections in February changed the composition of the National Assembly with an intake of 60...
President urges political parties in Nigeria to be fair to women aspirants in 20...
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on political parties to ensure conducive atmosphere for women aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.Buhari said this on Thursday while addressing...
Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government
Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections....
Nevada women on path to break major political barrier
Lesia Romanov, the assistant principal at an at-risk elementary school on the outskirts of town, is running for the Nevada state assembly against a brothel owner and self-proclaimed pimp, Dennis Hof....
For female candidates, harassment and threats come every day
Four days before the 2016 congressional primary in her Northern California district, Erin Schrode woke up to tens of thousands of messages. They were everywhere: in her email, on her cellphone,...
Meet Souad Abderrahim, the first female mayor of Tunisia’s capital in 160 years
Souad Abderrahim is not like the past 32 mayors of this North African capital. They hailed from wealthy, influential families. She’s a self-made businesswoman. They were political appointees. She was...
Smashing records: More women have won primaries than ever before
Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning.More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving...
Democratic women candidates continue to expand their numbers, Republicans stay s...
Results from Tuesday night’s primaries in four states offered yet another strong showing by women candidates this cycle, particularly on the Democratic side. CRP took this opportunity to...
Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress
Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress, offering a sharp counterpoint to the anti-Muslim policies and sentiment surfacing in Washington and across the country.Ilhan...

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