QUESTION OF: Strengthening the voice and visibility of women in elections


CO-SUBMITTERS:Angola, Colombia, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, UN-Water, Venezuela, Tunisia.

STATUSUnder approval

Fully alarmed about the fact that women don’t have an equal voice, visibility, and participation in elections in many countries,

Pointing out that as of February 2019, 24.3% of all national parliamentarians globally were women, a slow increase from 11.3% in 1995,

Noting with regre t that currently in 27 states women account for less than 10% of parliamentarians in single or lower houses,

Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity of rights, and states that everyone has the right to take part in the Government of his or her country directly, or through freely chosen representatives, and the right of equal access to public service,

Defining free and fair elections as universal adult suffrage, as well as the right to contest in elections provided the candidate follows the eligibility criteria of the country they are contesting in,

Recognizing that direct democracy is the ideal form of government since it is essential that the people and government work together for the betterment of society,

Bearing in mind that as of February 2019, only 3 countries had 50% or more women in single or lower houses of parliament, these countries being Rwanda, Cuba, and Bolivia,

Keeping in mind that women also may face physical violence, verbal abuse, and other forms of bullying; these problems are perpetuated and reinforced by the media, which often places importance on a woman’s physical appearance over their political ideologies and suggested policies,