This event is free, but registration is required.
Elections are a cornerstone of democratic governance. They are how citizens choose their leaders and make their voices heard. Citizens compete to hold office, and manage or monitor electoral processes to ensure they are transparent, accountable, and inclusive. These powers are enshrined in international commitments and national laws, and are considered fundamental human rights. Yet, too often around the world—including here in the United States—to claim these rights, women must overcome barriers that men do not have to contend with.
As part of SNF Agora’s “Remember, Reflect, and Recommit” conference, and in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute, this workshop will explore the political, legal, social, economic, and cultural barriers standing in the way of women’s full participation in the electoral process. Participants will learn why gender equality is important for democratic elections, key strategies for addressing barriers to women’s electoral participation, and how elections should be evaluated to determine whether or not they meet democratic standards.
This will be an interactive, hands-on workshop. We will use the Zoom webinar format, including Zoom breakout rooms for small group work. Participants will be asked to respond to questions and engage in dialogue within their small groups.
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government.