Nazra for Feminist Studies (Nazra) released a report about mentoring* women candidates in the 2011-12 People’s Assembly Elections based on its observations of the electoral process and the experience of several women candidates.
Nazra reached these findings by supporting (16) women candidates for the People’s Assembly, either nominated on political party lists or running as individual candidates, in eight governorates in Upper and Lower Egypt.
Nazra’s report, “She and Elections”, presents an overview of the general electoral climate and documents the experience of candidates in various phases of the elections, as well as the difficulties and challenges posed by the legal and political contexts.
Nazra for Feminist Studies will issue the final report after the conclusion of parliamentary elections, including elections for the Shura Council (Upper House of Parliament), which is still underway. Nazra will host a roundtable with successful women candidates, where they will discuss the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. The event will also witness the screening of the documentary, “She and Elections,” which presents the women candidtes’ experiences of the elections.
You can read the report on this link, and see segments of the documentary on this link.
Segements - She and Electiosn
* Mentoring on the ground is a strategy of closely engaging with candidates and their campaign teams. Candidates not only receive training, but are mentored during their campaigns to point out strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and risks (SWOT analysis). This begins with an analysis of the candidates’ constituency to equip them to carry out their campaigns. Each candidate is advised separately, with the goal of offering legal, political, and moral support. Candidates’ campaign staff receives the same support and training.