Preventing Violence Against Women in Elections

A Programming Guide

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This Guide highlights the often-shocking examples of VAWE around the world, and showcases the innovative prevention and response measures being tested. It is intended for those best positioned to act to prevent and mitigate VAWE, including international organizations and those providing programming support on electoral assistance, women’s political participation, human rights monitoring and ending violence against women. It will also be a resource for members of political parties, particularly the leadership of those parties, electoral management bodies, civil society organizations, women’s groups and gender equality activists. Ending violence against women in elections is a responsibility shared by all actors at all levels across the political and electoral spectrum and will bring rewards for all.

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Raising awareness and changing norms

Ultimately, VAWE cannot be eliminated unless the public – and individuals – understands how it impacts communities, diminishes’ women’s human rights and disrupts the democratic process. Various actors can play a part in raising awareness and disseminating information on VAWE. Doing so reinforces the objectives of the previous action points by contributing to a common and comprehensive understanding of VAWE’s occurrence, forms and means of prevention.

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