Building Blocks for Gender Equality
The purpose of this manual is to provide an overview of what kinds of steps political parties can take, both inside the party and at election time, to ensure that women represent the party as candidates as well as having a genuine voice in shaping its programmes and policies. Examples are provided of approaches that parties around the world have adopted to improve the participation of women inside parties and parliaments.
The push for change has come about for several reasons. Increasing the political representation of women has been a clear priority of the international community for several decades.
As well, a number of governments around the world have set increasing the political representation of women as a goal. Either through setting quotas for participation in parliaments or passing other legislative directions to shape the election and political process, governments have expressed a commitment to a gender equality agenda.