50/50 Campaign: Get the Balance Right!
WEDO launched the 50/50 campaign: Get the Balance Right! in a bid to advance women’s political representation in parliaments. This was set in June 2000 during the UN Beijing+5 Review session, bringing together women leaders from all regions to learn from each other’s experiences and develop national and local strategies.
Barriers against women’s political participation do not just come in the form of political culture and socio-economic patterns. In a comparison of 23 democracies, the most important predictor of the extent of women’s participation in parliaments was the type of electoral system in place . There are two main types of electoral systems proportional representation and the winner take all majoritarian/pluralistic type-and they produce very different results for women.
Read our fact sheets below:
Barriers to Women’s Representation: Electoral Systems (2000)
Barriers to Women’s Representation: Electoral Systems (2000) (Spanish)
Barriers to Women’s Representation: Electoral Systems (2000) (French)