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The Framework outlines key considerations for developing a party’s gender policy, and addresses variety of thematic areas essential for the advancement of women and promotion of gender equality within political parties, including leadership formation, internal decision making, internal oversight and institutional development, candidate recruitment, party programmes and platform development, outreach to voters and campaigns.

The Framework first presents a rationale for institutionalizing a comprehensive gender equality policy within a party. It then provides recommendations on how to initiate and develop such a policy, including steps necessary to conduct a gender-based audit within a party. Next, it moves on to outline key principles and objectives that a gender policy should embody, followed by a more specific set of objectives, indicators and examples of similar practices from a variety of political parties around the world.