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Women face specific challenges in preparing for and succeeding in candidate selection processes and elections. However, there are a myriad of strategies that can support them, particularly training that builds up campaigning skills and networks which provide guidance and mentorship. The importance of a close relationship with local political parties also cannot be overstated. However, political parties need to adapt to address the barriers that women candidates in particular experience. Women also acknowledged their creativity in approaches to raising their profile, benefiting from strategic use of social media, engagement and experience of community members and grassroots fundraising that enabled them to succeed. Ongoing connections through networks were considered fundamental to supporting women cope with, and adapt to, the realities of political leadership. Alongside strong teams, networks can help women to maintain focus on their political goals, have strategic plans to achieve these, and to connect leaders with civil society and expertise that would pave the way for women leaders to thrive.