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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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...
The role of women parliamentarians in the development of Uzbekistan
20.04.2022
The role of women parliamentarians in the development of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – On 13 April, the second forum on the topic "The role of women parliamentarians in the development of Uzbekistan" was held in the capital. The event was organized...
Quebec Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade questions Premier Legault during question period Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
19.04.2022
Dominique Anglade denounces double standard for women in politics
The life of a politician isn’t easy — even less so if you’re the leader of a party and a woman, says Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade.In politics, women are judged more harshly in many...
A protest with the slogan ‘Solidarity; For Women, With Women’, was organized by human rights groups and activists in 2021 in Tirana. Photo: BIRN
12.04.2022
Albanian women in politics still suffering violence, study finds
A study conducted by the UNDP and Albanian partners, published on Wednesday, shows that women in Albanian politics still face routine discrimination, abuse and offensive language.The findings of a...
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu stands with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.Photographer: Allison Dinner/Bloomberg
12.04.2022
US: The proportion of elected city offices held by women rose by just 3% in 2022
Female mayors account for a little more than a quarter of the 100 largest U.S. cities.The proportion of elected offices in U.S. cities held by women increased by 3% in 2022. Still, women make up less...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UNDP, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Global parliamentary report 2022: Public engagement in the work of parliament
Global parliamentary report 2022: Public engagement in the work of parliament (Picture: UNDP)
UNDP, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Global parliamentary report 2022: Public engagement in the work of parliament
Global parliamentary report 2022: Public engagement in the work of parliament (Picture: UNDP)
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

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