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Democracy and the Challenge of Change: A Guide to Increasing Women’s Political Participation

"Democracy and the Challenge of Change: A Guide to Increasing Women’s Political Participation" was created to be used by NDI staff and other practitioners to develop, implement, monitor and eval uate women’s political participation programs across a variety of technical areas. With separate chapters on Citizen Participation, Elections and Electoral Processes, Political Parties and Governance, the guide pro­vides a rationale for focusing on increasing women’s par ticipation in each technical area, as well as program matic frameworks, examples of best practices and case studies, and strategies to be used throughout the lifecy cle of a program or project.

NDI believes that the equitable participation of wom en in politics and government is essential to build and sustain democracy. Despite comprising over 50 percent of the world’s population, women continue to be un­der-represented as voters, political leaders and elected officials. The publication of Democracy and the Challenge of Change: A Guide to Increasing Women’s Political Participation is a culmination of nearly 25 years of work by NDI staff and volunteers helping to integrate and advance women’s participation in the key functional areas of citizen participation, elections, political parties and governance.

The publication is currently available free for download in English, and will also be available in Spanish and French in the coming weeks at:

Later this year, NDI will convene a conference to discuss the strategies and case studies included in the Guide. For additional information about the conference, or NDI’s programs to promote and support women in politics, please do not hesitate to contact us at


gunu_k's picture

Well documented report

Dear Breese,
congratulations on bringing out such a well documented report. In India we already have 50% reservation for women at the local government level in both rural and urban areas and as a result many women have come into public life. The battle for 33% reservation for women in legislative assemblies and parliament is going on and will soon see success possibly in this session of parliament which began yesterday.

Subhadra Khaperde

busayo's picture

very good publication

the publication is very good and helpful. Thanks for posting it Breese

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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