In light of the first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians which brought together young members of parliaments, youth leaders from other walks of life and experts from across the world in a bid to “take democracy to task” 10-11 October 2014, iKNOW Politics organized a webinar on October 14 2014 with the youngest women parliamentarians in the US and Tonga. Lemasingo Tanya Nai (26) - the youngest candidate contesting in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Tonga and Nily Rozic who represents New York’s 25th District and was upon her election in 2012 the youngest woman to serve in the state legislature shared their experiences and thoughts on some of these issues:
Do young women in parliament face double discrimination on the basis of their gender and age?
Are women’s concerns better addressed by young parliamentarians? Are youth more sensitive to discrimination
and gender based violence?
What are the main challenges that youth face in entering parliament?
How can we motivate more young women to channel their activism through formal political institutions such as
Why are young women seeking alternative methods to formal political institutions (parliament) to bring about
change and be heard?