IFES Election Case Law Analysis Series: Lessons on Gender Equality and Women's Political Participation

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The goal of gender equality is espoused by many countries and achieved by almost none. Drawing on an extensive collection of comparative case law housed in the ElectionJudgments.org database, Lessons on Gender Equality and Women’s Political Participation offers insights from France to Samoa and Kenya to Mexico on the legal questions that arise when introducing and enforcing gender quotas and other affirmative actions designed to operationalize gender equality.

This paper is the first in a new Election Case Law Analysis Series that presents curated data and analysis from ElectionJudgments.org, a newly launched and accessible global database of judicial decisions on election cases. Intended to facilitate the exchange of sound precedents across jurisdictions, the database is a resource for judges, election professionals, policymakers and researchers who are working to resolve disputes and prevent violations for more credible elections around the world.

To date, nearly 200 national judgments from more than 50 countries have been collected in the database, along with a variety of additional resources and regional case law. The Election Case Law Analysis Series will continue to draw lessons from comparative case law for practitioners in different thematic areas. The ElectionJudgments.org database is updated on a periodic basis, and welcomes contributions through this contact form.

IFES Election Case Law Analysis Series: Lessons on Gender Equality and Women's Political Participation

Author: Regina Waugh, Senior Global Advisor, Gender

Contributors: Ellie Halfacre, Legal Fellow; Patrick Quimby, Legal Fellow

Project Lead: Alexandra Brown, Legal and Research Officer, Center for Applied Research and Learning

Published on November 30, 2021.

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