Gender and Democracy

Gender equality and inclusive electoral and socio-economic practices are crucial for the establishment of a functioning democracy. Participation, inclusion and citizenship rights are just as fundamental to the success of a functioning democratic state as are elections, systems of check and balances and a range of political parties. Despite the continuous denial of such rights from the concerned authorities, women across the Middle East, Africa and Asia have been increasingly raising their voices with an intention of entering the democratic process. In May 2005, Gender Concerns International recognized the need and supported these initiatives through organizing an international conference in Cairo, Egypt. Since then, Gender Concerns International has implemented several programmes aimed at achieving gender equality, such as all female election observation missions across the globe.

AFGHANISTAN

Bayan II: Inclusive governance and improved security through influencing (December 2014 – December 2016, Kabul, The Hague, Brussels, New York)

Bayan I (pilot phase, November 2013, Kabul; June 2013, New York)

Khaberi Kawen (June 2013- July 2014, Kabul)

Rehbar “Leader” Project (Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad and Kunduz, 2012)

LIBYA

Dastoor project (May 2013 – May 2015)

Women for Democratic Transformation (WDT) (February, 2014)

'Our revolution, Our Constitution' (February, 2014)

Gender Eelection Monitoring, Elections (July 2012)

MOROCCO

Gender Election Observation Mission (2015)

Gender Elections Monitoring (GEM) Mission (2011)

Gender Concerns presented their results of the 2011 Gender Election Mission. Observers remarked that women’s participation had been low and Gender Concerns made some recommendations to improve gender inclusiveness.

MYANMAR

Gender Election Observation Mission (November 2015)

Gender Concerns conducted a Gender Election Observation Mission in the Myanmar General Elections in 2005.

Pre-Election Need Assessment Mission (April 2015 - May 2015)

In advance of the GEOM in 2005, Gender Concerns conducted a Pre-Election Need Assessment Mission. A crucial need to support women’s electoral participation was identified.

PAKISTAN

Gender Inclusive Governance: Local Body Elections in Punjab and Sindh (2017, upcoming)

Gender Concerns plan to conduct a Gender Election Observation Mission for the 2017 Local Elections in Punjab and Sindh. In addition, Gender Concerns plan to train newly-elected female leaders and to enhance the capacity of the Election Commission Pakistan for gender-focused electoral reforms.

Gender Elections Observation Mission (May 2013)

Gender Concerns conducted a Gender Election Observation Mission in 2013

Pre-Election Assessment Mission (March 2013)

Gender Concerns conducted a Pre-Election Assessment Mission before the 2013 election. It concluded uncertainty concerning the free and fair democratic participation of women.

Gender Concerns International and UNIFEM Pakistan became official partners in advocating UNSCR1325, 2009.

Gender Concerns International and UNIFEM Pakistan agreed to coordinate and cooperate in lending their respective expertise in support of the drafting, implementation and monitoring of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325.

Gender Election Observation Mission (13-21 February, 2008)

Summary: Gender Concern’s first Gender Election Observation Mission was conducted in Pakistan in 2008

TUNISIA

Gender Election Monitoring (GEM) Mission (2014)

Gender Concerns observed both the Tunisian Parliamentary Elections and the Presidential Elections in 2014.

Gender Election Monitoring Mission (2011)

Gender Concerns conducted a Gender Election Observation Mission for the first free elections after Ben Ali’s downfall.