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.


Pemmy Majodina. Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images
Pan-African Parliament drama: Majodina accepts apology after Senegal rep 'c...
ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina has confirmed that she accepted an apology from a fellow member of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Djibril War, the Senegal representative.War is alleged to have...
The MP was ordered to leave parliament after a complaint about her trousers
Tanzanian MPs demand apology for 'tight' trousers incident
Female MPs in Tanzania have called for an apology to an MP who was ordered to leave parliament because of her trousers.A male MP said the way some women dressed invited ridicule to parliament."Mr...
Mind the (Funding) Gap!
By Yukihiko Hamada and Khushbu AgrawalThere’s no denying that money plays an important role in politics. However, if the flow of money in politics, commonly known as political...
A polling official applies indelible ink on the finger of a voter. (Photo | PTI)
Glaring gap: Only 5 per cent of elected representatives are women in Tamil Nadu
This is a drop from the previous assembly election in 2016, when the State elected 21 women (about nine per cent) into power.CHENNAI:  Though Tamil Nadu has seen strong female politicians...
WATCH: The resignation of a former cabinet minister now puts the Liberal Party in Nova Scotia in a minority situation. The impact of that all depends on if the legislature is recalled before an election is held. But the resignation, which comes after alle
Allegations of misogyny in premier’s office could impact recruitment of female c...
The recent resignation of a former cabinet minster puts the Nova Scotia Liberals in a minority situation, with just 24 seats in the 51-seat legislature.Margaret Miller submitted her resignation...
 Natasha Asghar said she hopes to see people from more diverse backgrounds in Welsh politics.
Welsh election 2021: First woman of colour elected to Welsh Parliament
The first woman of colour elected to the Welsh Parliament said she wants to inspire and be "a voice" for those who have faced barriers entering politics.Conservative MS Natasha Asghar said the Senedd...
Three women city on Calgary city council ahead of the 2021 municipal election: (L to R) Jyoti Gondek, Druh Farrell and Diane Colley-Urquhart. Supplied by the City of Calgary
Women underrepresented on Calgary city council; 18 seek council and mayor seats...
Calgary city council has a representation problem.Of the 15 people on council, including 14 councillors and one mayor, five are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) and three are women....
 WATCH: It’s now less than a week until municipal elections are held in much of New Brunswick. As candidates make their pitches to voters, one Saint John-area candidate is making an entirely different appeal to protect her family’s privacy. Travis Fortnum
Municipal candidate calls for privacy protection after ‘harassing’ phone calls
A Rothesay council candidate says a series of harassing phone calls have led her to lobby for Elections Act changes — days away from New Brunswick’s municipal elections.Tiffany Mackay French says the...
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “I felt hurt and left alone: as a woman and as a European.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet
‘It happened because I am a woman’: von der Leyen speaks of Turkey snub
European Commission president blames sexism for second-rank treatment in AnkaraThe first female president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has blamed sexism for an incident in...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Women’s Political Participation: Africa Barometer 2021
International IDEA
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map 2021
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map 2021
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Parliament in 2020: The year in review
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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