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Women's representation in parliament: Strategies for success
New York

At the occasion of the 2018 UN Commission on the Status of Women, the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada invited International IDEA to present at an activity on Celebrating and Advancing Women’s Political Participation in commemoration of the UK and Canada suffrage centenaries and exploring opportunities to increase women’s political participation and representation.

International IDEA’s highlighted strategies for overcoming the barriers that women face in relation to political parties’ intra-party democracy processes, electoral systems and legislative frameworks, patriarchal socio-cultural contexts that perpetuate gender stereotypes and violence against women in politics, the negative media coverage of women generally and in politics in particular and the unequal access to political financing for women.


About the Author

Head of Political Participation and Representation
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu

Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu is the Head of the Political Participation and Representation Programme at International IDEA. She is a democracy and gender equality advocate and practitioner with several years of progressively responsible engagement in the political participation and representation areas on gender equality and women’s empowerment, political systems, political parties,  electoral systems and processes, gender in constitutional processes and outcomes, gender and political financing, parliamentary strengthening and performance through working at national, regional and international levels in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.