In a bid to enhance the role and influence of women MPs in the political scene in Burundi, women parliamentarians in the east African country have been given training on ways to build their leadership, communication and advocacy skills as part of a long-standing IPU programme there on strengthening the parliament’s capacity to address gender issues and violence against women. At 31st in the IPU wold rankings of women in parliament, the Burundian parliament has relatively strong female participation with 30.5 per cent of MPs in the lower house and 46.3 per cent in the senate being women. The training in the capital Bujumbura in mid-December focused on linking concepts and strategies to practical exercises on how to lead and communicate on key messages. A special session was devoted to developing targeted advocacy tools t o combat gender-based violence. IPU has carried out similar training in many parts of the world including Togo, Rwanda, Jordan and the Gulf States.