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Political Parties

In a representative democracy, political parties function as a link between state institutions and local grassroots organizations. It is political parties that aggregate interests, present political alternatives and nominate candidates. As such, political parties play an essential role for the advancement of women and the promotion of equality. In this section, you will find information on the role of political parties in promoting women's political participation.

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Dutch on brink of electing first female leader

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Dutch on brink of electing first female leader

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Dutch voters may be about to get someone very different from the outgoing veteran prime minister Mark Rutte.

A former refugee, Dilan Yeşilgöz, who succeeded Rutte as leader of the VVD party, is now leading the polls ahead of Wednesday’s vote and could become the first female prime minister in Dutch history.

Dutch voters may be about to get someone very different from the outgoing veteran prime minister Mark Rutte.

A former refugee, Dilan Yeşilgöz, who succeeded Rutte as leader of the VVD party, is now leading the polls ahead of Wednesday’s vote and could become the first female prime minister in Dutch history.

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Indonesia: 2024 election could be nadir of women's representation, say analysts

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Indonesia: 2024 election could be nadir of women's representation, say analysts

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Political parties claim to have met the minimum national quota of 30 percent for female candidates, but a recent report has found that only one party competing in the 2024 legislative election meets the requirement at the district level. For two decades since the enactment of the 2003 Legislative Elections Law, each political party contesting a legislative election has been required to field a cohort of candidates of which at least 30 percent are female.

Political parties claim to have met the minimum national quota of 30 percent for female candidates, but a recent report has found that only one party competing in the 2024 legislative election meets the requirement at the district level. For two decades since the enactment of the 2003 Legislative Elections Law, each political party contesting a legislative election has been required to field a cohort of candidates of which at least 30 percent are female.

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Thai politicians, sexual harassment and what really needs to be fixed?

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Thai politicians, sexual harassment and what really needs to be fixed?

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Move Forward Party MPs Wuttipong Thonglour and Chaiyamparwaan Manpianjit were expelled from the party after it was decided by the party’s disciplinary board that they had sexually harassed party volunteers.

Move Forward Party MPs Wuttipong Thonglour and Chaiyamparwaan Manpianjit were expelled from the party after it was decided by the party’s disciplinary board that they had sexually harassed party volunteers.

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ElectHER: without women in politics, Nigeria limiting extent it can develop

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ElectHER: without women in politics, Nigeria limiting extent it can develop

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ElectHER, a civil society organisation (CSO), says without women in politics, Nigeria is limiting the extent to which it can develop.

ElectHER, a civil society organisation (CSO), says without women in politics, Nigeria is limiting the extent to which it can develop.

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Scotland: just a third of general election candidates selected so far are women

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Scotland: just a third of general election candidates selected so far are women

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Herald on Sunday research shows that despite promises to act from most parties, just a third of all the candidates selected to fight the next general election are women.

The SNP has selected substantially more candidates than any other party, with 53 of the 57 they will need for the vote in place. Of those 35 are men, around 66%.

Herald on Sunday research shows that despite promises to act from most parties, just a third of all the candidates selected to fight the next general election are women.

The SNP has selected substantially more candidates than any other party, with 53 of the 57 they will need for the vote in place. Of those 35 are men, around 66%.

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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.

Women’s Reservation Bill: beyond numbers that matter

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October 27, 2023

Women’s Reservation Bill: beyond numbers that matter

The Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on 21st September and became law on 29th September with the approval of the President of India.

The Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on 21st September and became law on 29th September with the approval of the President of India.