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.


New IPU report shows well-designed quotas lead to significantly more women MPs
According to the IPU’s yearly analysis, the share of women in national parliaments increased by nearly one percentage point last year, from 23.4 per cent in 2017 to 24.3 per cent in 2018. This 0...
Nigeria: Women who will shape the ninth Senate
When the Ninth Senate of Nigeria is inaugurated in June, there will be at least no fewer than seven women in the 109-member chamber, if the results of the February 23 Presidential and National...
Lebanon appoints first female Arab interior minister
Lebanese politician Raya Hassan made history on Thursday when she became the first woman interior minister in the Arab world.Mrs Hassan, 51, becomes the most senior of four women in the 30-strong...
Meet the 32-year-old nurse who just became the youngest black woman in the US Co...
When the 116th Congress was sworn into office on Thursday, the class made history as the most diverse group ever with a record 127 women.Among those women was 32-year-old Democrat Lauren Underwood,...
Togo : Yawa Tsegan Djigbodi becomes the first president of the national assembly...
For the first time in Togo’s history, the national assembly will be presided by a woman: Yawa Tsegan Djigbodi is the new president of this assembly.She is replacing Dama Dramani, president of the...
Senior female MPs to come together to encourage women in politics
It's rare that members of parliament from across the political spectrum sit down and unanimously agree on an issue.But that's what audiences can expect when Liberal MP Julie Bishop, Labor MP...
Are reserved seats in the parliament sufficient for women’s empowerment?
There is broad consensus that women’s increased participation in politics is necessary for both the democratic development of the country, as well as women’s empowerment in Bangladesh.In the recently...
2018 left Rwandans with a more inclusive parliament
One of the hallmarks of post-Genocide Rwanda is inclusive politics. The year 2018 brought about more gains as far as political plurality is concerned, at least in the Chamber of Deputies where two...
America has more female lawmakers than ever — yet it still lags far behind other...
By Adam Taylor,The United States has never had more women in Congress than it does now. As of last week, when the 116th Congress was sworn in, 23.7 percent of the 535 members of Congress are women —...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
International Idea's GSoD In Focus: Political gender equality and the global state of democracy indices
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in parliament in 2018: The year in review
UNDP and IPU: Global Parliamentary Report 2017
UN Women
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians

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