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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First three women of color to serve on Columbia City Council reflect on their historic elections - Copyright: Wis News
11.01.2022
First three women of color to serve on Columbia City Council reflect on their hi...
As the Columbia City Council begins its first full week of business in the new year, it also marks the start of the tenures for two history-making women. Dr. Aditi Bussells and Tina Herbert, who were...
Markus Winkler on Unsplash
30.12.2021
In Jamaica, G2K wants more youth, women in cabinet and parliament
Following Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ announcement last Thursday of an impending Cabinet shuffle early in the new year, members of Generation 2000 (G2K) – the Jamaica Labour Party’s young...
Senator Dadu’ut Decries Low Women Participation In Politics - Nigerian Tribune
27.12.2021
Senator Dadu’ut decries low women participation in Nigerian politics
The Senator representing Plateau South Professor Nora Ladi Dadu’ut has decried the number women in active politics and elective positions in Nigeria saying women need more sensitization to take their...
Liberal facade hides Lebanon’s patriarchy - Eurasia Review
22.12.2021
Liberal facade hides Lebanon’s patriarchy
Despite its apparent liberalism, Lebanon scores low in gender equality, especially in politics. According to the Gender Gap index, Lebanon ranks third last in the Middle East and North...
Adams names all-women slate of deputy mayors - copyright: Spectrum News NY1
21.12.2021
In New York City, Adams names all-women slate of deputy mayors
Lorraine Grillo was named as first deputy mayor; Anne Williams-Isom as deputy mayor for health and human services; Meera Joshi as deputy mayor for operations; Maria Torres-Springer as deputy mayor...
Ms. Delphine Serumaga - Copyright: The Herald
20.12.2021
Zimbabwe: end gender-based violence in politics
The United Nations has rallied the nation to stamp out widespread violence against women in politics (VAWP) across the country’s political divide during election period.Violence against women in...
UK High Commissioner to Uganda, Kate Airey launched the 2nd cohort of a leadership and mentor programme. - The Independent
17.12.2021
Mentorship and leadership programme for women parliamentarians launched in Ugand...
The British High Commission, in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), UN Women and the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (...
Women politicians are under siege  -  4.Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Kevin Dietsch, Stefani Reynolds, and Alex Wong/Getty Images
17.12.2021
Women politicians are under siege
Women in Congress feel besieged and singled-out amid surging threats against lawmakers at all levels, with some frustrated more hasn't been done to halt the trend.Why it matters: As record numbers of...
Rep.-elect Angie Craig, left, joined other women in the freshman class of Congress for a group photo on Capitol Hill on Nov. 14, 2018 - Star Tribune
16.12.2021
Women in Minnesota politics face growing threats and intimidation
The threats arrive by mail, email, voicemail and social media. Hateful comments are shouted out of a car window or in line at the grocery store. More than ever before, the threats come home, in the...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
African parliaments talk openly about sexism
Seminar held in Niger / African parliaments talk openly about sexism - Credits: IPU
Inter-Parliamentary Union
13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament Report
13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament Report - IPU
UN Women
Zimbabwe: end gender-based violence in politics
Ms. Delphine Serumaga - Copyright: The Herald
L'Union Interparlementaire
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art (Annick Kamgang/IPU)

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