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These quotas follow the principle of balanced gender presence and apply to both men and women, seeking to limit the dominance of either sex in parliaments to a maximum of 60 per cent. How have states met their obligations to create an enabling environment for women’s participation in electoral contests? They have had to address structural factors, such as the electoral system (how votes are translated into seats in parliament), and cultural challenges, such as voter hostility to women and electoral violence.

PR denotes proportional representation. All numbers presented are non-weighted averages corresponding to the lower or single house of parliament as of 31 May 2008. Sources: IPU database; IDEA Global Database of Quotas for women; IDEA (2003); IDEA website; ACE Electoral Knowledge Network website. 13 Other types of temporary positive action measures, such as quotas at the sub-national level or political party quotas for electoral candidates (which can be voluntary) raise the number of countries with quotas to 95 (see Annex 3).

Cross-national comparisons showed that the higher the number of women in parliaments or the private sector, the lower the level of corruption. ”i Although this argument was backed by statistical associations, it did not take into account an alternative explanation. , rule of law, press freedom, and elections) for a sample of 99 countries. Results showed that both women in government and liberal democracy were significantly and inversely related to corruption when they were isolated from each other.

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