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UNDP Administrator and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark talks about the challenges and the undeniable gains of empowering women to participate in politics at the highest levels.

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Report / White Paper Resource
Voters in the EU will elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament during the European elections of 22-25 May 2014. The new European Parliament, representing the interests of over 500 million...

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Report / White Paper Resource
30 Years of Democracy: Riding the Wave? Women’s Political Participation in Latin America examines the progress made in women’s participation at all levels of public and party decision making, in the...

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Online Courses Resource
Are you considering your next career move? Want to advance faster in leadership or compensation? Puzzled by power politics in the office? Accelerate your career and uptick your leadership skills with...

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Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post Resource
This paper is a comparative commentary on the situation of women’s political leadership in Ghana. The paper highlights progress made in the country, draws attention to areas of retrogression and...
Academic Paper / Article Resource
Although perceived changes in political participation patterns amongst young people in recent years have attracted much academic research in established democracies this remains an understudied area...
Academic Paper / Article Resource
Historically, customs and traditional laws in Africa hindered women's access to education and development, while promoting, to a varying degree, a culture of male dominance across the continent....
Report / White Paper Resource
The 2009 election was the first to take place after the adoption of a quota for women’s participation in political life, and after the revisions to the Electoral Code approved in late 2008. The quota...
Report / White Paper Resource
This report summarizes the responses of an elections survey launched by UNDP in May 2006. The survey documents the assistance UNDP has provided to various countries, and identifies key strengths and...
Report / White Paper Resource
An analysis of data and views on Cambodian women's political participation, especially during the 3rd Mandate Commune/Sangkat Council elections in 2012.                
Academic Paper / Article Resource
Numerous behavioral studies have found women to be more trust-worthy and public-spirited than men. These results suggest that women should be particularly effective in promoting honest government....
Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post Resource
The newspaper present analysis of impact of the implementation of gender quotas on women in politics in Armenia.
Data and Statistics Resource
This is a unique collection of data on the use of gender quotas around the world. It presents an overview of trends and challenges in the implementation of quotas, and it includes profiles of 85...

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International Agreement and Action Plans Resource
This declaration was adopted by participants to Parliamentarians' Day, which was held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the occasion of the Fourth World Conference on Women. It affirms the...
Report / White Paper Resource
Since its birth, South Sudan has taken progressive steps toward creating an inclusive government – attempting to achieve gender equality in all levels of government. In July 2013, IFES and  Conflict...
Online Courses Resource
The BRIDGE Civic Education Development Project (CEDP) is a professional development project to build capacity in people working in areas of democracy and governance.This project developed from the...
Guide / Training Material Resource
This manual addresses the ways that political parties and civic organizations can monitor and promote improvements to the voter registration process. It discusses issues that should be considered...

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Guide / Training Material Resource
This training manual is designed for trainers of women candidates running for office at the local and national levels of government in Uganda. It provides background information and guidelines for...
Case Study Resource
The paper begins with an explanation of the international law, treaties and obligations that require states to ensure women’s access to and equality in the voter registration process. Not every state...
Guide / Training Material Resource
This International IDEA handbook sets forth a universal code of conduct for the behavior of political parties and their supporters in an election process. It is based on the analysis and synthesis of...
Guide / Training Material Resource
The "Code of Ethics" for the Namibian Media covers a number of subjects, such as accurate reporting, corrections, right of reply, the definition of public interests, the protection of privacy, and...
Report / White Paper Resource
This report provides a general view of the position of women in the legislative powers in three periods: between the 1970s and the 1980s, around 1995 and in 2004. It also describes an increasing...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response in based on the commentaries and suggestions of an experts´ group about an analysis tool for electoral systems from a gender perspective elaborated by UN-INSTRAW.
Expert responses Resource
The adoption of the parity law in Senegal is an important step on the way to increased political participation and equal political representation of women.  Senegal’s women were rightfully proud of...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights barriers faced by women in Muslim countries in funding their political campaigns and participating in public life. The consolidated response also discusses the...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights some of the important aspects and examples of mainstreaming gender into legislative frameworks in the Americas. Some of these include the creation of national...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights various types of quotas adopted in African countries and provides details on the implementation of quotas under different electoral systems. The response also...
Expert responses Resource
In most countries a woman’s right to vote is enshrined in law, leaving no formal legal barriers to the electoral participation of women. In practice, however, many obstacles still keep women from...
Expert responses Resource
In electoral and decision-making processes, women - and especially young women - often find themselves spectators rather than active participants. While there are many factors at play, non-education...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response includes descriptions of family and proxy voting and provides recommendations on how to eliminate family voting through holding trainings and public awareness campaigns,...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights the important role that women play in referendum campaigns. It also discusses the importance of active participation of women and sensitivity to potential...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response analyzes current situation of women’s participation in local governments around the world and discusses the impact of women’s engagement in local politics.
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights types of positive action measures, advocacy campaigns, women’s movements, and educational opportunities that help women in traditional and conservative societies...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights tools used to empower women candidates, such as providing training, working with political parties, using affirmative action measures,and holding outreach...
Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights recommendations on how to empower independent women candidates to succeed in elections. These recommendations include providing training sessions, working with...

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