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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Today there are more women in public office than in any other point in history. More than 10,500 women serve as national parliamentarians in 2017, accounting for over 23 percent of total parliamentarians worldwide. There are millions of women politicians serving at sub-national levels, and many more women candidates who vie for political office in each election. Women voters are also registered in high numbers in most countries, oftentimes turning out on Election Day at the same rates as men. Increasing numbers of women are active in the field of electoral management, including as election staff and poll workers.

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