Parliaments & Representatives

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.

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Women MP’s of Sri Lanka parliament call for action to prevent verbal harassment from male colleagues  (Photo by Joakim Honkasalo on Unsplash)
29.11.2021
Women MP’s of Sri Lanka parliament call for action to prevent verbal harassment...
Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus (WPC) in Sri Lanka parliament, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control has written...
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art (Annick Kamgang/IPU)
29.11.2021
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art
In light of the significance of the recent report, Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, the IPU commissioned a talented artist to help visually portray the...
It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics (copyright: The Guardian)
26.11.2021
’It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
Mari Yasuda has come to dread checking her social media accounts. While a TV programme has tipped the candidate as “one to watch” in Japan’s general election this month, her anonymous correspondents...
(Copyright: Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)
25.11.2021
Advocates worry online misogyny will keep women out of office
Advocates are worried that rising online misogyny will leave more women unwilling to run for office, a concern highlighted by a video posted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) showing him killing Rep....
sweden.se
24.11.2021
Sweden's first female PM resigns hours after appointment
Sweden's first ever female prime minister has resigned just hours after she was appointed. Magdalena Andersson, was announced as leader on Wednesday but resigned after her coalition partner quit the...
Widespread sexism and violence against women in African parliaments according to new IPU report (IPU)
24.11.2021
Widespread sexism and violence against women in African parliaments according to...
A new study by the IPU and the African Parliamentary Union (APU) shows that sexism, harassment and violence against women are ubiquitous in parliaments across Africa. This is...
Build back equal: New handbook on gender-responsive legislation (copyright: Allison Joyce/Getty Images via AFP - IPU)
22.11.2021
Build back equal: New handbook on gender-responsive legislation
Lawmakers around the world have a new resource to help them address gender inequality with the publication of the new IPU and UN Women Handbook on gender-responsive law making.The handbook is timely...
Pope Francis spreads incense during a mass in which he ordained new bishops.      Copyright  AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino - Euronews
08.11.2021
Raffaella Petrini: Italian nun first woman appointed by Pope to lead Vatican gov...
Pope Francis has appointed the first-ever woman to head the governorate of the Vatican City. Sister Raffaella Petrini will serve as secretary-general of the Governorate and become the highest-ranking...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference with members of his new cabinet in Ottawa, Canada, October 26, 2021 (AFP) - Daily Sabah
01.11.2021
Trudeau shuffles Canadian cabinet, maintains gender balance
Maintaining that he intends to lead his party into the next election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday overhauled his gender balanced cabinet, naming women to the foreign affairs and...

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Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art (Annick Kamgang/IPU)
L'Union Interparlementaire
’It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics (copyright: The Guardian)
L'Union Interparlementaire
Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa
Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa (IPU)
L'Union Interparlementaire
Widespread sexism and violence against women in African parliaments according to new IPU report
Widespread sexism and violence against women in African parliaments according to new IPU report (IPU)

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