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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Esperance Nyirasafari (Rwanda), Ivan Flores (Chile)/  IPU
18.10.2022
IPU Member Parliaments commit to accelerating gender equality
Parliamentarians from around the world have adopted the Kigali Declaration Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world at...
World female parliamentarians vow to empower girls (Xinhua)
15.10.2022
World female parliamentarians vow to empower girls
KIGALI, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Female Members of Parliament under the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) vowed to prioritize the empowerment of girls in societies."We have a responsibility to ensure that...
Kuwait
04.10.2022
Women return to Assembly as Kuwaitis vote for change
Heavy turnout as citizens flock to vote. At least 14 new faces in Parliament.KUWAIT: Kuwaiti voters, vying for political stability after years of crises, voted on Thursday for massive change,...
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at an all-party meeting a day before Assembly session in Lucknow on Sunday. (Express Photo)
27.09.2022
India: In a first, UP Assembly sets aside one day for women MLAs to speak about...
Decision taken as part of an initiative launched by the Speaker to interact with MLAs grouped as per their professional degrees, gender and legislative stints.In a first-of-its-kind initiative by the...
The IPU Forum of Women MPs at the 144th IPU Assembly in Indonesia (IPU)
26.09.2022
Five ways women parliamentarians can get ahead in politics
As Liz Truss becomes the UK’s next PM, here’s how women parliamentarians can gain ground in politics.Succeeding in politics is tough – succeeding as a woman is even harder. Millions of women around...
How to mitigate these five threats to democracy (IPU)
15.09.2022
How to mitigate these five threats to democracy
Democratization is under pressure across the globe. Here are five major threats to democracy, and how to mitigate them.Democracy is as precarious as it is precious. Some 25 years after the IPU issued...
ES Bijimol (Onmanorama)
06.09.2022
India: Ex-MLA Bijimol opens up on trauma inflicted by anti-woman colleagues in C...
ES Bijimol, a three-time MLA of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has said she suffered moral attacks and degradation from her male colleagues for daring to contest in a male bastion.The former...
Tanzila Norbaeva, Host of the IPU's 14th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament (IPU)
05.09.2022
Five things to know about Women Speakers of Parliament
It’s no secret that women have had to put up a tenacious fight to be seen and heard in  politics worldwide. As late as 2005, the number of women in parliament speaker posts stood at just over 8...
The report found MPs and managers were the worst offenders. (ABC News: Peter Curtis)
02.09.2022
Tasmanian parliamentary staff exposed to sexual harassment, abuse and degrading...
Tasmanian ministerial and parliamentary staff are being subjected to degrading, belittling and abusive behaviour, including exposure of body parts and indecent phone calls, with MPs and managers the...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Violence against women parliamentarians: Causes, effects, solutions
Rally in Paris, France © SERGE TENANI / HANS LUCAS / HANS LUCAS VIA AFP
Inter-Parliamentary Union, UN Women
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles (Observer Research Foundation)
Inter-Parliamentary Union, UN Women
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles (Observer Research Foundation)
UN Women
Action kit: Engaging parliaments in gender responsive budgeting
UN Women

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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