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.


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Female candidates break barriers, except when it comes to money
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Women candidates poised to make history in 2018 midterm elections
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Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female president
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Kagame reshuffles Cabinet in Rwanda, women take up more slots
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Shinzo Abe reshuffle leaves just one woman in Japanese cabinet
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Brazil votes on Sunday. And Brazilian women have a better chance at reshaping it...
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Women in Mexico face increasing violence—will a wave of women in government chan...
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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 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