Elections Through Her Eyes: Women's Empowerment, Inclusion and the Electoral Process


29 Apr 2013

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Countries around the world hold elections, some as nations in transition, and others as part of a longstanding democratic tradition. Regardless of context, the electoral process is exciting and critically important for all citizens. However, in many instances the experience is vastly different for men and women.

Women often face additional hurdles related to structural barriers in election administration, violence and cultural norms.

How is the international community working with its partners around the world to address these challenges? How do laws and special measures, such as quotas, impact gender equality? How can election practitioners mitigate electoral violence specifically targeting women?

Featured Speakers:

Summer Lopez, Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, USAID

Vasu Mohan, Regional Deputy Director for Asia, IFES

Tazreena Sajjad, Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University

Hassan Sesay, Political/Electoral Affairs Officer, Electoral Assistance Division Department of Political Affairs, United Nations

Moderated by Jessica Huber, IFES Senior Gender Specialist.