Breaking the Mold: Understanding Gender and Electoral Violence

Authored by: Gabrielle Bardall

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2011
Citation: Bardall, Gabrielle. Breaking the Mold: Understanding Gender and Electoral Violence. Washington, DC: International Foundation for Electoral Systems, 2011.

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Executive Summary

In Breaking the Mold: Understanding Gender and Electoral Violence, IFES introduces the concept of gendered electoral violence in transitional democracies and presents a new framework which accounts for all forms of public and private violence committed by and against women. Where current frameworks fail to fully take women into account by neglecting or stereotyping gender-specific forms of violence, IFES’ new framework draws on research in domestic violence and feminist security studies to expand our understanding of types of violence and victim and perpetrator roles. This framework can help ensure that practitioners meet short and long-term needs, such as the protection and education of women candidates and voters in the short term, and better documentation and therefore responses to gendered electoral violence in the long-term.