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Strategies for Policymakers: Bringing Women into Government

Author: Institute for Inclusive Security | The Strategies for Policymakers series condenses a decade of research and direct input from leading peace builders into concise recommendations for ensuring the extensive involvement of women in peace processes. Each guide consists of a set of best practices highlighting policies and programs proven to increase women’s participation, as well as stories of countries that have shown these mechanisms better involve women in all stages of the peace-building process. This particular issue in the series provides a list of policies and best practices that are proven to increase women’s participation in government.

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Unleashing Potential for Progress: Campaign Schools for Women Candidates in Sierra Leone

Author: The Campaign for Good Governance, The National Democratic Institute, & The UN Development Programme | This campaign toolkit for women political candidates aims to help equip women with the skills needed to build a base of support and win their election. Democracy must involved women as active and equal participants in public life. When women are elected, governments tend to be less corrupt and more focused on development and improving the lives of citizens. The toolkit is separated into ten sections: getting ready to run, research, setting a goal, targeting, voter contact, campaign resources, your message, public speaking, engage the media, and making it happen.

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Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide to Promote Women’s Political Participation

Author: Julie Billington | Political parties are key to women’s participation in politics, as it is political parties that recruit and select candidates for elections and that determine a country’s policy agenda. Without access to established networks of influence and resources, few role models and mentors, and sometimes limited family and community support, it is understandable that women’s participation in political parties is limited. This guide identifies specific actions that political parties can take to empower women’s political leadership. It is structured according to the four phases of an electoral cycle: founding strategies for internal party organization, strategies in the pre-electoral period, strategies in the electoral period, and strategies in the post-electoral period.

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A Media Guidebook: Finding Your Public Voice

Authors: Suzy Shure, Iris Burnett, & Martha Brown | One of the most precious, hard-won freedoms is the freedom to speak and publicly express opinions. It is time for those who are knowledgeable about the media to share their experiences with those who are just beginning to find their public voices. This guidebook is designed for anyone who wants to become more familiar and skilled in dealing with the media. It can be used by women living in rural communities as well as by those in larger metropolitan areas. It covers media strategy, basics of a media plan, press releases, interviews, print tools, electronic media, press conferences, press kits, and speeches and presentations.

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Tips for Advancing in Your Political Party

Author: The National Democratic Institute | This guide provides a list of recommendations to women political leaders on how to advance in their party. For democratic governments to deliver to their constituents, they must be truly representative, so women must be equal partners in the process of democratic development. When women are politically empowered, they have a profound positive democratic impact on communities, legislatures, and the lives of citizens. Women must be trained, encouraged, and empowered to become strong politicians, community leaders, and activists.

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Messaging Tips: What is a Message?

Author: The National Democratic Institute | This guide provides advice on how a woman political candidate can utilize effective messaging during a campaign. For democratic governments to deliver to their constituents, they must be truly representative, so women must be equal partners in the process of democratic development. When women are politically empowered, they have a profound positive democratic impact on communities, legislatures, and the lives of citizens. Women must be trained, encouraged, and empowered to become strong politicians, community leaders, and activists.

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Fundraising: Elements of the Ask

Author: The National Democratic Institute | This guide explains how to ask supporters for money during a political campaign. For democratic governments to deliver to their constituents, they must be truly representative, so women must be equal partners in the process of democratic development. When women are politically empowered, they have a profound positive democratic impact on communities, legislatures, and the lives of citizens. Women must be trained, encouraged, and empowered to become strong politicians, community leaders, and activists..

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Finance Plan Outline

Author: The National Democratic Institute | This guide provides advice on how to create a finance plan during a political campaign. For democratic governments to deliver to their constituents, they must be truly representative, so women must be equal partners in the process of democratic development. When women are politically empowered, they have a profound positive democratic impact on communities, legislatures, and the lives of citizens. Women must be trained, encouraged, and empowered to become strong politicians, community leaders, and activists.

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Women’s Fundraising Handbook

Author: Global Fund for Women | All over the world, women join together to address the complicated issues of our age. In this handbook, the Global Fund for Women provides advice on how to raise money for a cause, basing suggestions on the lessons learned during implementation of Global Fund for Women programs. The handbook also provides a list of ideas and organizations that are possible sources of financial and other resources.

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Confidence, Capacity, Connections: A Young Woman’s Guide to Leadership

Author: The National Democratic Institute | This guide is for young women leaders, written by young women leaders. Focusing on building confidence, enhancing capacity and making connections, this guide aims to help assess where you are, identify where you want to be, and help you create your personal roadmap to develop your leadership potential. The ideas and strategies offered in this guide were developed from the advice and experience of 25 young women activists from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia who were a part of the Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow initiative, a year long program focused on community engagement, networking and peer mentoring. Their ideas are combined with best practices and recommendations from NDI’s work with women leaders around the world.

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Chapter 2: Obstacles to Women’s Participation in Parliament

Author: Nadezhda Shvedova | Women around the world at every socio-political level find themselves under-represented in parliament and far removed from decision-making levels. The factors that hamper or facilitate women’s political participation vary with the level of socio-economic development, geography, culture, and type of political system. This chapter outlines a path for increasing women’s parliamentary representation and effectiveness by identifying the common problems that women face, the strategies to overcome these obstacles, and what women can do once they enter parliament.

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Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns (A Handbook on Political Finance)

Author: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance | The role of money in politics is arguably the biggest threat to democracy worldwide today. This threat is clear across all continents—from huge corporate campaign donations in the United States and drug money seeping into politics in Latin America, to corruption scandals throughout Asia and Europe. Women candidates in particular suffer disproportionately from lack of access to campaign finance. This handbook addresses these and other problems of money in politics by analyzing political finance regulations around the world and providing guidance for reform.

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