This handbook provides guidance on monitoring women's participation in the electoral process. It was developed as part of ODIHR's effort to enhance equality between women and men by mainstreaming gender issues into all areas of its work.
The handbook was designed as a working tool to assist ODIHR election observation missions in identifying the various elements of an election process that may impact on women's equal participation. It sets out practical steps to be taken to integrate a gender perspective into election observation and should serve to ensure that conclusions drawn on the extent to which an election process meets OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections fully takes into account how the election process affects both women and men.
In addition to use by ODIHR election observation missions, the handbook also has wide relevance to other international election observation efforts and to the work of domestic election observer groups.