Gender & Democracy

ITU staff members showing their support for the UN Women/ ITU Equals partnership. Photo Credit: ITU Pictures Flickr


Gender equality and women’s empowerment: constitutional jurisprudence​

This exploratory study of constitutional jurisprudence on gender equality and women’s empowerment reveals a series of important findings regarding the current state of lived realities for women living under constitutions which purportedly provide for equality between men and women and prohibit discrimination based on gender. 


The pursuit of democracy is incomplete without policies, measures and practices that seek to reduce inequalities between men and women in all spheres of life and which anchor democracy and its intersection with gender.

Democracy is supposed to transform power relations between men and women by promoting the equal distribution of power and influence between women and men. We are committed to ensuring that gender equality is integrated in democracy building.

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Colombia streets. Photo credit: Pedro Szekely Flickr

Colombia streets. Photo credit: Pedro Szekely Flickr

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Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean during his speech (Photo Credit: Francisco Espinoza)

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Lunch with participants at the IDEAthon in Lima, Peru on 20 November 2017. Photo credit: Yael Rojas. 

Lunch with participants at the IDEAthon in Lima, Peru on 20 November 2017. Photo credit: Yael Rojas. 

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Photo credit: Carlos Pefaur

This photo was awarded second prize in the public photography contest for young photographers with the theme "Living in Democracy", organized jointly by International IDEA and the Superior Electoral Tribunal of Paraguay, in the framework of the project to promote the political and electoral participation of youth titled "Democratic Impulse" (Impulso Democrático) in 2017. Photo credit: Carlos Pefaur.


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Networks & Partners

ACE Project
African Union
Asia-Europe Foundation
Australian National University
Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)
Commonwealth Secretariat
Electoral Tribunal of Mexico
Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
Fortify Rights
Hanns Seidel Foundation
Inter Parliamentary Union
Minority Rights Group International
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)
Oslo Governance Center
Stockholm University
Sunlight Foundation

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Nathalie Ebead
Head of Democracy Assessment, Analysis and Advisory (DAAA)
Nathalie Ebead manages and provides strategic direction to the Democracy Assessment, Analysis and Advisory (DAAA) Unit. Ebead works to build International IDEA’s capacity to strengthen democratic institutions and processes through analysis, assessment, and advice on democratic trends and issues.

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