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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Officials and participants from UN Women, CPA UK, UWOPA and Parliament of Uganda attended the training. Photo: UN Women/Edmond Mwebembezi
11.08.2022
Ugandan women legislators trained in effective communication and parliamentary o...
Honorable Rose Obigah is a politician from Uganda and a newcomer to the legislature. During the just completed 2021 Uganda general elections, she was chosen to serve as a woman member representing...
Rufina Peter has been elected governor of Papua New Guinea’s Centra Province in the 2022 national elections. Photograph: Rufina Peters/Facebook
08.08.2022
Shouldering the weight of four million women: PNG elects its first female MP in...
Rufina Peter is just the eighth woman elected in Papua New Guinea. But the economist has been battling for her place in society since she was a child.The celebrations when news broke that Rufina...
Australia: New First Nations female parliamentarians deliver powerful maiden speeches (Picture: APP)
05.08.2022
Australia: New First Nations female parliamentarians deliver powerful maiden spe...
Labor Senator for Victoria Jana Stewart made history by becoming the youngest First Nations woman elected to the Parliament, while Marion Scrymgour and Jacinta Price spoke of issues facing Territory...
Only 6% women active in Nigerian politics — Report (Vanguard)
14.07.2022
Only 6% women active in Nigerian politics — Report
A report by the Gender Strategy Advancement International, GSAI, has disclosed that women political participation in Nigeria falls below the world and African continental  standards.According to...
 Female local politicians exchange opinions with Seiko Noda, left in the back row, state minister in charge of gender equality, in Tokyo in May 2018. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
07.07.2022
Japan: Local assemblies identify barriers that stop women entering politics
Local politicians across Japan feel that more needs to be done to help women enter and remain in politics, from combatting sexual harassment to beefing up maternity leave policies, according to a new...
Afghan MPs listen to the President address parliament in 2017, Kabul
© Haroon Sabawoon/ Anadolu Agency via AFP
06.07.2022
International Day of Parliamentarism 2022: More diversity, slightly fewer functi...
On the eve of the International Day of Parliamentarism and the IPU’s 133rd anniversary on 30 June, a snapshot of the state of parliaments and parliamentarians offers mixed results.According to the...
Women make up 53.4% of Cuba's Assembly, or lower chamber. (Picture: Green Left)
04.07.2022
Cuba second in the world on parliamentary gender parity
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has placed Cuba as the second of the five countries in the world that boast gender parity in parliament and the country with the second-highest proportion of women...
AFP - CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT
29.06.2022
French lawmakers pick Yael Braun-Pivet as first ever woman president of National...
France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday agreed to pick an MP from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist coalition as the first woman speaker, despite the ruling alliance losing its majority in...
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the oath taking ceremony of new cabinet ministers, at Lok Seva Bhawan, in Bhubnaeswar, June 5, 2022. Photo: PTI
14.06.2022
"Women power, clean image": Naveen Patnaik revamps cabinet with eye on...
By accommodating more women and dropping some controversial leaders from the cabinet, the Biju Janata Dal chief is gearing up for assembly and general elections.Bhubaneswar: Barely a week after...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
A conversation with...Sara Falaknaz, MP, United Arab Emirates
A conversation with...Sara Falaknaz, MP, United Arab Emirates (IPU)
Inter-Parliamentary Union
A conversation with… Iqra Khalid, MP, Canada
A conversation with… Iqra Khalid, MP, Canada (IPU)
UN Women
Ugandan women legislators trained in effective communication and parliamentary oversight
Officials and participants from UN Women, CPA UK, UWOPA and Parliament of Uganda attended the training. Photo: UN Women/Edmond Mwebembezi
Inter-Parliamentary Union
A quantitative study of the questions asked by women members in Lok Sabha (1999–2019): Performance of women in Parliament
A quantitative study of the questions asked by women members in Lok Sabha (1999–2019): Performance of women in Parliament (EPW)

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