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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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Young female voters were the key to defeating populists in Poland: A blueprint to reverse democracy's decline

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Young female voters were the key to defeating populists in Poland: A blueprint to reverse democracy's decline

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For the first time in Poland's history, more women than men voted. Almost 75% of eligible women voted—a 12% increase over 2019. In comparison, 73% of eligible male voters cast a ballot.

The election also saw a record number of female candidates (44%) and the largest percentage of women (30%) voted into Poland's Sejm.

For the first time in Poland's history, more women than men voted. Almost 75% of eligible women voted—a 12% increase over 2019. In comparison, 73% of eligible male voters cast a ballot.

The election also saw a record number of female candidates (44%) and the largest percentage of women (30%) voted into Poland's Sejm.

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What Natasha Akpoti’s win means for women in politics

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What Natasha Akpoti’s win means for women in politics

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Development Diaries reports that by virtue of the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, Akpoti-Uduaghan is the first woman in the history of the north-central state to be elected senator.

Development Diaries reports that by virtue of the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, Akpoti-Uduaghan is the first woman in the history of the north-central state to be elected senator.

Setbacks in women’s representation, Iceland’s strike and Nobel Peace Prize: all you need to know about women in politics from October

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October 30, 2023

Setbacks in women’s representation, Iceland’s strike and Nobel Peace Prize: all you need to know about women in politics from October

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Surge in women’s participation in Shura Council poll process

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Surge in women’s participation in Shura Council poll process

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The active involvement of Omani women in political life has witnessed a significant upsurge, particularly in their enthusiastic participation in the election of members for the tenth term of the Majlis Al Shura.

In the election for the tenth term of the Majlis Al Shura, scheduled for Sunday, a notable 738 candidates are vying for seats, of whom 31 are women.

The active involvement of Omani women in political life has witnessed a significant upsurge, particularly in their enthusiastic participation in the election of members for the tenth term of the Majlis Al Shura.

In the election for the tenth term of the Majlis Al Shura, scheduled for Sunday, a notable 738 candidates are vying for seats, of whom 31 are women.

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The Donor Gap: A Conversation on Campaign Contributions and Raising Women’s Political Voices

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The Donor Gap: A Conversation on Campaign Contributions and Raising Women’s Political Voices

Join the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) for a virtual conversation about CAWP’s new report, The Donor Gap: Raising W

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Argentina's Milei repels women voters, fires up disgruntled men

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Argentina's Milei repels women voters, fires up disgruntled men

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Some love him for it. Others are appalled.

The libertarian outsider who unexpectedly surged to the front of the presidential race in an August primary, had a poorer-than-expected showing in Sunday's first election round, coming second behind center-left candidate Sergio Massa.

Some love him for it. Others are appalled.

The libertarian outsider who unexpectedly surged to the front of the presidential race in an August primary, had a poorer-than-expected showing in Sunday's first election round, coming second behind center-left candidate Sergio Massa.

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Women will vote at a Vatican meeting for the first time

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Women will vote at a Vatican meeting for the first time

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When Helena Jeppesen-Spuhler, an advocate for the ordination of women, joined a major Vatican meeting this month, she was skeptical that an institution dominated by men for 2,000 years was ready to listen to women like her.

When Helena Jeppesen-Spuhler, an advocate for the ordination of women, joined a major Vatican meeting this month, she was skeptical that an institution dominated by men for 2,000 years was ready to listen to women like her.

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Elections 2023: Switzerland loses ground on women in parliament

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Elections 2023: Switzerland loses ground on women in parliament

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At the last federal elections in 2019, the share of women candidates elected to the 200-seat House of Representatives surged by 10 percentage points to 42%.

This year the proportion slipped back to 38.5% and 77 seats, as the Federal Statistical Office said on Monday following the October 22 election. Final complete results for the 46-seat Senate are due by November 19.

At the last federal elections in 2019, the share of women candidates elected to the 200-seat House of Representatives surged by 10 percentage points to 42%.

This year the proportion slipped back to 38.5% and 77 seats, as the Federal Statistical Office said on Monday following the October 22 election. Final complete results for the 46-seat Senate are due by November 19.

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Record number of female MPs in Poland’s parliament after elections

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Record number of female MPs in Poland’s parliament after elections

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A record 136 women were elected to sit in the Sejm – Poland’s more powerful lower house of parliament – at Sunday’s elections. That means 29.6% of the chamber’s 460 members will now be female, above the global average of 24.3% but below the EU-wide figure of 32.7%.

A record 136 women were elected to sit in the Sejm – Poland’s more powerful lower house of parliament – at Sunday’s elections. That means 29.6% of the chamber’s 460 members will now be female, above the global average of 24.3% but below the EU-wide figure of 32.7%.