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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Plan unveiled to add 36 extra Senedd members
23.05.2022
Plan unveiled to add 36 extra Senedd members
PLANS to reform Welsh politics hope to see the Senedd expanded to 96 members, with gender quotas and a shake up of constituencies with each selecting multiple members.First Minister Mark Drakeford...
Samoa Parliament House | Janette Asche / Flickr
18.05.2022
Most women ever elected to Samoan Parliament after Supreme Court ruling
This is a “win for all women.”Samoa's Supreme Court has ordered the nation's Parliamentary Speaker to swear an additional three women to Parliament immediately, a move Ali'imalemanu Alofa Tu'ua'u —...
Japan's Lower House to survey gender equality in Diet - NHK
16.05.2022
Japan's Lower House to survey gender equality in Diet
Japan's Lower House of the Diet plans a questionnaire on women's participation in politics as the country largely lags behind in female representation in national parliaments.In Japan, female...
"Some bad apples": senior Tory minister denies institutional misogyny - The Guardian
05.05.2022
"Some bad apples": senior Tory minister denies institutional misogyny
UK government faces growing pressure to tackle sexual misconduct in Westminster as Kwasi Kwarteng rejects idea of inherent sexism.The government faces intense pressure from its own MPs and opposition...
Women across British politics slam sexism of ‘Basic Instinct’ slur against lawmaker - PBS
27.04.2022
Women across British politics slam sexism of ‘Basic Instinct’ slur against lawma...
LONDON (AP) — Women from across British politics called Monday for action to tackle misogyny after a newspaper ran a story accusing the deputy opposition leader of trying to “distract” the prime...
Susanne Hennig-Wellsow is stepping down after leading the Left party for a little over a year - DW
27.04.2022
Germany: Left party leader Hennig-Wellsow steps down
A little over a year after taking over the leadership of the Left party, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow is stepping down, citing private reasons and a need for party renewal. She also criticized the party's...
Royaume-Uni: Punir les députés sexistes avec une suspension, déclare Harriet Harman / News-24
26.04.2022
UK: Punish sexist MPs with suspension, says most senior woman in Commons
Basic Instinct’ attack on Angela Rayner condemned by Boris Johnson as ‘misogynistic tripe’Parliament’s most senior female MP has demanded change to the Commons code of conduct to make misogyny an...
This combination of photos shows female lawmakers Shazia Marri (L), Sherry Rehman (C) and Aisha Ghous (R). — Pictures via Twitter
26.04.2022
Pakistan: A glance at the only five women in Shehbaz Sharif's 37-member cab...
The suspense around newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's federal cabinet finally died down on Tuesday — a whole eight days after he was sworn in as premier — after federal ministers and...
No women in Sri Lanka’s new Cabinet - Newswire
25.04.2022
No women in Sri Lanka’s new Cabinet
The newly appointed Cabinet which consists of 17 Ministers has failed to include female representation. The new Cabinet was appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Japan's Lower House to survey gender equality in Diet
Japan's Lower House to survey gender equality in Diet - NHK
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Trends in the gender composition of the Australian parliament
 Roof and flag of the Parliament of Australia in Canberra
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
The role of Parliament in achieving gender equality
The role of Parliament in achieving gender equality - INTER PARES
UNDP
Albania: Violence against women in politics
Albania: Violence against women in politics - UNDP

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