Online Resources for Political Participation Information and Support

April 19, 2011

(Excerpt from Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for Women)

The Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA) works in cooperation with African Parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe, and facilitate African-European Parliamentary dialogue.

Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) is a registered national non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating for good governance, freedom, democracy, and gender equity in Sierra Leone.

CAWTAR is an independent regional institution promoting gender equality in the Arab World through research, training, networking, and advocacy.

The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) is a non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental regional organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting equal participation of women in politics and decision-making.

The Club of Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its members — 70 democratic former heads of state and government.

ElectWomen Magazine is a U.S.-based online media site that provides campaign tips, stories and resources to women running for political office or thinking about running for office. Candidates and elected officials provide the blog posts, and women candidates can blog in to ask questions, offer advice, and share information.

Global Database of Quotas for Women is a joint project of International IDEA and Stockholm University.

iKnow Politics, International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics is an online workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students, and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics.

International IDEA: The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is an inter-governmental organization. Its programs aim to provide knowledge to democracy builders, provide policy development and analysis, and support democratic reform.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the international organization of Parliaments of sovereign states. The Union is the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation. The website’s “democracy through partnership between men and women in politics” pages provide a number of interesting resources. is a community of people and organizations using mobile phones for social impact. It is committed to increasing the effectiveness of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world that recognize the world’s 3.5 billion mobile phones provide unprecedented opportunities for organizing, communicating, and delivering service and information.

Mowatinat means ‘Female Citizens.’ This Arabic-language site of Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan provides news, information and resources on women's political and public participation in the MENA and beyond.

NDI/The National Democratic Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government. was born out of the vision of Asian women leaders to explore creative ways in organizing a network of Asia Pacific women involved in politics, governance, decision-making, and transformative leadership.

Program on Governance in the Arab Region (POGAR) is a United Nations Development Program that aims to assist government actors, civil society, and the private sector to improve governance processes in the Arab states, always with a view to achieving sustainability.

United Cities and Local Governments’ website is a world source of information on local self-government, local authorities, and international solidarity, and vehicle for experience exchange.

Women’s Political Participation in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. In partnership with the Centre for Arab Women Training and Research (CAWTAR), UN-INSTRAW has initiated this project on strengthening women’s leadership and participation in politics and decision-making in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), compiled by World Bank researchers, shows that many developing-country governments are making important gains in control of corruption, and some of them are matching the performance of affluent countries in overall governance measures. See their country indicators chart.

The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of pro-democracy activists, practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders who have come together to cooperate in the promotion of democracy.

World Wide Guide to Women in Leadership lists statistics and status updates on women in leadership roles throughout history and the present day.

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