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Women comprise over 50 per cent of the world’s population, but they continue to be underrepresented in all political arenas. Democracy cannot truly deliver for all citizens if half of the population remains underrepresented. In a representative democratic system, political parties hold the power to enhance participation of marginalised groups, including women. Therefore, as the gatekeepers of women’s participation in politics, political parties are crucial actors when it comes to equal political participation and a well-functioning democracy.

This guide is aimed at facilitators organising trainings on gender equality and women’s cross-party cooperation for political parties and politicians, but it also has plenty of good reference material and additional information for everyone interested in strengthening women’s political participation.

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