In 2000, WEDO launched the 50/50 Campaign to increase women’s participation and representation in governments around the world. The campaign to Get the Balance Right! was a great success lasting over several successful years, with nearly 300 organizations’ and 18 national and regional campaigns’ engagement!
Women Candidates and Campaign Finance (December 2007) explores the obstacles women face in funding their campaigns – and what strategies they use to overcome them!
In 2007, WEDO Program Coordinator Colette Tamko spoke at the Inter-Parliamentary Union on The Role of Parliaments in Financing for Gender Equality. She said, “Unless women are adequately represented in government and politics, the international community will not meet its commitment to eradicate poverty and to achive gender equality by 2015.” Read the IPU summary here!
Factsheets: Getting the Balance Right
Getting the Balance Right in National Cabinets uses groundbreaking research to illustrate the gender inequality in governmental cabinets, and an updated Getting the Balance Right in National Parliaments calls attention to successful mechanisms that help achieve gender equality in parliaments.
Recent 50/50 Campaign Event: Expert Meeting on Women Candidates & Campaign Finance
In collaboration with the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women of Trinidad-and-Tobago, WEDO co-hosted an expert meeting addressing the topic of women candidates and their access to campaign finance. This meeting, which took place from 2 – 4 December 2007, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, followed the 5-year review meeting of the Global 50/50 Campaign held in 2006, where campaign finance was identified as a critical area of concern in achieving women’s representation in national governmental bodies.
Experts from academia, governments, parliaments, non-governmental organizations, UN bodies and various political parties discussed challenges faced by women candidates in getting elected, as well as strategies to overcome them. Case studies and lessons learned from various parts of the world were presented and discussed, and the recommendations that came out of the meeting will be available soon. The background research document prepared by WEDO for the meeting participants is available here for download. The final report is available here.
Read WEDO news on the Global 50/50 Campaign.
Check out the original campaign kit and resources.
The Latest 50/50 Campaign News
New York, February 24—Highlighting successes of the global 50/50 campaign, WEDO’s Gender and Governance Program Coordinator, Colette Tamko, spoke at a Roundtable organized by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on February 17th, 2009.
In preparation for the 53rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Roundtable focused on “Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at …
Recommendations that came out of the 50/50 Expert Meeting in Trinidad, December 2007
A WEDO fact sheet on achieving a critical mass of women in policy-making bodies.
A WEDO Primer on Women and Government and the 50/50 Campaign.