March 6, 2012, 4:35 p.m.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the UNDP have produced a new guide, Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide to Promote Women’s Political Participation. The guide provides direction and specific actions that may be taken to promote a stronger women’s presence in political parties.
Political parties are the primary and most direct vehicle through which women can access elected office and political leadership, according to the guide. In most countries, parties are responsible for candidate recruitment and selection and decide on which issues are placed on the policy agenda. Helping political parties encourage, nurture and incorporate women’s involvement is key to increasing women’s roles and influence in the political process. The guide provides general principles for parties to empower women, as well as case studies from 20 countries, showing their approach to increasing women’s participation in political parties.