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The right to vote and the right to stand for election are two fundamental elements of democracy. Notably, many countries did not afford women the right to vote until the 20th Century. Even today, universal suffrage is not a given right in all countries, and women often face obstacles that undermine their participation in political and electoral processes. There are various ways to support women in overcoming these obstacles. Such methods include revising the electoral system used, applying affirmative action mechanisms such as quotas, improving voter education for women and training political candidates. These are a few of the modes available to strengthen women’s political participation .Photo©Jens Franssen

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Manual for Incorporating a Gender Perspective into OAS Electoral Observation Missions

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May 23, 2017

Manual for Incorporating a Gender Perspective into OAS Electoral Observation Missions

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Record 111 women ran in British Columbia election, just 34 elected

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Record 111 women ran in British Columbia election, just 34 elected

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A record number of women ran in British Columbia's (B.C.) provincial election, but that failed to translate into an increase of women in the province's legislative assembly.

A record number of women ran in British Columbia's (B.C.) provincial election, but that failed to translate into an increase of women in the province's legislative assembly.

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France: Half of Macron's legislative election candidates are women

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France: Half of Macron's legislative election candidates are women

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The party of French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled the names of more than 400 candidates for the June legislative elections -- and half of them are women.

The party of French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled the names of more than 400 candidates for the June legislative elections -- and half of them are women.

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Nepal election: The women who want to bring change

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Nepal election: The women who want to bring change

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The first local elections in nearly 20 years are taking place in Nepal. Under the new constitution, local bodies have substantial clout - they will draft laws, collect certain taxes and even have some judicial powers.

The first local elections in nearly 20 years are taking place in Nepal. Under the new constitution, local bodies have substantial clout - they will draft laws, collect certain taxes and even have some judicial powers.

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More Massachusetts women jumping into politics

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More Massachusetts women jumping into politics

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Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, and still stunned by Donald Trump’s victory, increasing numbers of Democratic women are diving into Massachusetts politics.

Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, and still stunned by Donald Trump’s victory, increasing numbers of Democratic women are diving into Massachusetts politics.

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At least four women in Niue Parliament

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At least four women in Niue Parliament

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Provisional election results in Niue indicate a boost to women's representation in Niue's parliament.

Provisional election results in Niue indicate a boost to women's representation in Niue's parliament.

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Polls open for Niue elections with record number of women

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Polls open for Niue elections with record number of women

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Polls have opened in Niue where a record number of candidates are vying for a seat in the common roll.

Polls have opened in Niue where a record number of candidates are vying for a seat in the common roll.

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Cambodian Political Parties Agree to Shared Goal: Women’s Political Empowerment

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Cambodian Political Parties Agree to Shared Goal: Women’s Political Empowerment

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In Cambodia, women continue to be underrepresented in politics. Only three of 29 cabinet ministers are women, and there are no women provincial governors. Women make up just 20 percent of National Assembly members— though a higher proportion than many countries, it is still below the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In Cambodia, women continue to be underrepresented in politics. Only three of 29 cabinet ministers are women, and there are no women provincial governors. Women make up just 20 percent of National Assembly members— though a higher proportion than many countries, it is still below the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.