Parliaments & Representatives

Parliaments & Representatives

Women make up only 23.5% of Members of Parliament according to the latest available data of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. While significant strides in women’s political participation have been made since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995, which set Member States’ target of achieving gender balance in political decision-making, women are still underrepresented in political decision-making at all levels and gender balance remains an aspirational goal.  Gains in women’s participation have been notable in countries that have taken proactive steps to support women’s political participation, including reforming or amending discriminatory laws, taking concrete action to address violence against women in politics and gender discrimination within parliaments, addressing gender-specific barriers, and supporting women in all forms of decision-making including at local level and in executive government.

News

13.06.2018
Solomon Islands: Practice parliament for women to level the playing field for wo...
As a response to gender norms that continue to work against women’s entry into politics, 50 women across the eight provinces of the Solomon Islands are currently gathered in Honiara for the Second...
05.06.2018
Africa's first female president meets Namibian female parliamentarians
Liberia and Africa's first ever female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has jetted in the country to engage the parliamentary women caucus and committee on gender equality, social development and...
04.06.2018
GOP doubles female recruits for congressional races
House Republicans have doubled the number of female candidates they have recruited to run for congressional seats this year as they seek to hold their majority and counter accusations of a gender gap...
01.06.2018
With more women running for office in US, new opportunities — and challenges — a...
The historic wave of women running for Congress and governor this year already has landed 78 women on November ballots in several states. It also has revealed an uncomfortable truth: To seize...
18.05.2018
Gambia: Banjul elects first female mayor Rohey Malick Lowe
The City of Banjul made history by electing its first female mayor. Mayoress-elect Rohey Malick Lowe will be the first woman to steer the affairs of The Gambia’s capital; which houses the country’s...
17.05.2018
Japan passes law to get more women into politics
Japan's parliament on Wednesday passed a law to encourage female candidates to stand for elections in a country where women are vastly underrepresented in politics.Under the new law, political...
10.05.2018
Five women said to be in running to become Italy's transitional PM
Five women are among the names floated to lead a transitional government in Italy in what some speculate could be President Sergio Mattarella’s attempt to break with tradition while the...
07.05.2018
Nigeria: INEC bemoans poor participation of women in politics
National Electoral Commission, INEC, has bemoaned the inadequate representation of women in political offices, pointing out that in spite of the numerical strength of women, they are not adequately...
04.05.2018
Women Speakers of Parliament declare zero tolerance towards sexism, racism, and...
Female parliamentarians worldwide called for immediate reforms to stop sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments. This includes urging all parliaments to set concrete...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in parliament in 2017: The year in review by IPU
UN Women
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map 2017
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map 2017

Related Websites

UN Women's Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database
City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres in Brazil
Violence against Women in Politics
E-learning Portal for Parliaments
Women’s Caucus Fact Sheet