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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An interactive map helps municipalities in building gender responsive services
Purple Map shows women centers, day care centers and gender responsive municipal services of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality.UN Women launched a gender responsive interactive tool called the Purple...
Cecilia Moyoviri Moye, the first indigenous Senator from the Department of Beni. Photo courtesy of Cecilia Moyoviri Moye
This is what leadership looks like: Meet Cecilia Moyoviri Moye, an indigenous wo...
After the November 2020 national elections, women make up 49 per cent of the Legislative Assembly of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, cementing its position as a forerunner on gender parity in...
Elena Crasmari, local counselor in Dolna village, Moldova. Photo: UN Women/ Tara Milutis
This is what leadership looks like: Meet Elena Crasmari, the only woman in her l...
Elena Crasmari decided to run for office so that the local administration could meet the needs of all members of her community. She won a local councillor seat, making her the only woman on a nine-...
CEMR Equality
“Equality Index” of women mayors and councillors in Austria
The Institute for Social Research of Austria (SORA) surveyed the proportion of women among all mayors and councillors in Austria as part of the “Equality Index” for the Austrian Association of Cities...
Women in politics: new data shows growth but also setbacks
Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU-UN Women Map of Women in...
International IDEA
Press Release on the Women's Political Participation: Africa Barometer 2021
ADDIS ABABA— African countries are still far from achieving women's equal and effective participation in political decision-making. Women constitute only 24 per cent of the 12,113 parliamentarians in...
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Proportion of women MPs inches up but gender parity still far off
Following elections in 2020, the global proportion of women in parliament reached a record 25.5 per cent, representing an increase of 0.6 points compared with 2019, according to the IPU’s latest...
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Representation
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Repr...
MONROVIA – Campaigns to increase women’s representation in political representation to 30 percent are picking up steam again in the country with Deputy Speaker J. Fonati Koffa...
Photo: Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir/Facebook.
Iceland’s Parliament reschedules sessions, opens nursery to be a more family-fri...
A nursery, complete with a diaper change facility, has been opened at the first floor of Iceland’s Parliament building. Secretary-General of Alþingi Ragna Árnadóttir told Vísir that this is...

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