Building resources in democracy and electoral assistance training on gender and elections

05 Dec 2013

Cairo - The UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo organized the first regional BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy and Electoral Assistance) training on Gender and Elections in partnership with UN Women, institutional and civil society actors from 10 Arab countries participated in the training  that took place from 1 to 4 December 2013 at Marriott Hotel.

The training aimed to help participants gain a better understanding of the gender issues in the electoral process, in particular women’s participation and inclusion in the electoral process. Furthermore, it focused on the impact of the electoral system on the political participation of women and their representation in the elected bodies.

Quote from Maya: “The second BRIDGE event will be taking place early next year aiming to bring together a broad variety of audience and focus on electoral management bodies”.

BRIDGE is a modular professional development programme with a particular focus on electoral processes, which promotes internationally accepted principles of democracy and good electoral practice. Its partners are the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United National Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD).

In response to the need and demand for trainings on gender issues in Arabic language, a version of the “Customized Gender Module” has been translated into Arabic, by the UNDP electoral project in Egypt.