Gender & Democracy

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

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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. 

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International IDEA is committed to ensuring that gender equality is attained in democracy building. For democratic institutions and processes to have integrity and respond to the interests of all citizens, they must be inclusive of the plurality of groups in society.

By transforming unequal power relations, democracy promotes the equal distribution of power and influence between men and women. Central to the pursuit of democracy are policies and practices that seek to increase the participation, representation and leadership and decision making of women in politics, and reduce inequalities between men and women in all spheres of life.

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Jun
15
2020
Image credit: Africa Renewal@flickr

Image credit: Africa Renewal@flickr.

Event
Jun
12
2020
A COVID-19 election campaign rally at Independence Square in Ulaanbaatar. Image credit: twitter.com/@oddiinohin.

A COVID-19 election campaign rally at Independence Square in Ulaanbaatar. Image credit: twitter.com/@oddiinohin.

Commentary
Apr
29
2020
Participants of the ‘Capacity Building Workshop for Women Leaders for a gender-sensitive Implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Central African Republic’ held in June 2019 in Bangui. Photo credit: International IDEA

Participants of the ‘Capacity Building Workshop for Women Leaders for a gender-sensitive Implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Central African Republic’ held in June 2019 in Bangui. Photo credit: International IDEA

Feature Story
Apr
29
2020
The EU-funded ‘Support to Consolidation of Democracy in Mozambique Programme’ worked with citizen voter registration officials, who created voter cards in rural conditions. Photo credit: International IDEA

The EU-funded ‘Support to Consolidation of Democracy in Mozambique Programme’ worked with citizen voter registration officials, who created voter cards in rural conditions. Photo credit: International IDEA

Feature Story
Apr
29
2020
A meeting of women’s networks in Paraguay, 24 August 2019. Photo credit: International IDEA

A meeting of women’s networks in Paraguay, 24 August 2019. Photo credit: International IDEA

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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
iKNOW Politics
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Minority Rights Group International
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)
OECD/DAC/Govnet; Effective Institutions Partnership
Oslo Governance Center
Stockholm University
Sunlight Foundation
Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC)
UN Women
University of Gothenburg
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu
Head of Political Participation and Representation
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu is the Head of the Political Participation and Representation Programme at International IDEA.

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