Youth

Youth

Youth

While young people play central and catalyzing roles in movements for democracy around the world, they are less engaged than older generations in voting and party activism. As of 2016 people between the ages of 20 and 44 make up 57% of the world’s voting age population but only 26% of the world’s Members of Parliament (MPs). Young people under 30 only represent 1.9% of the world’s MP’s and more than 80% of the world’s upper houses of Parliament have no MPs aged under 30. While male MPs outnumber female MPs in every age category, gender imbalance is less pronounced among younger MPs around the world. This suggests that young men and women may be more likely to make way for new faces and voices to be represented in decision-making (Inter-parliamentary Union Youth Participation in National Parliaments, 2016). Strategies that may promote the engagement of youth in political processes include: youth quotas; legal reforms to align the voting age with the minimum age for elected officials; proportional representation electoral systems; inclusive parliaments and local governance; removal of barriers for youth electoral participation; outreach and recruitment of students by political parties; and targeted outreach to youth political candidates.

News

Blas Llano & Patrick Kemper, Paraguay (IPU)
12.08.2022
Do you say yes to youth? 1 year of the IPU’s campaign
On this International Youth Day, the IPU congratulates all the young MPs making a mark in their respective parliaments. They are the future of democracy but with less than 3% of MPs under 30, young...
MP Sahar Albazar ⓒ Parliament of Egypt
20.06.2022
Young MPs for climate action: Eighth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentar...
On 15 and 16 June, some 200 young parliamentarians from 60 countries convened in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt for the Eight IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.The conference was jointly...
Australia: Young women are turning their backs on political careers at alarming rate, new research suggests - Women’s Agenda
16.05.2022
Australia: Young women are turning their backs on political careers at alarming...
Young women aren’t feeling any more optimistic about our parliamentary landscape, opportunities to build a career in politics or their safety, new research has found.The report, conducted by Plan...
Young women are less likely to run for office today than 12 months ago - Women’s Agenda
21.04.2022
Young women are less likely to run for office today than 12 months ago
Young women and gender diverse people are less likely to run for office or join a political party today, than they were 12 months ago.That’s the explosive finding of new research from a leading...
Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth - IPU
13.04.2022
Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth
In a good example of parliamentary outreach to young people, the second edition of the Guyana National Youth Debating Competition takes place on Friday, 8 April. Some 16 youth groups will participate...
Participants of the academy during registration. Khartoum, Sudan by International IDEA.
13.04.2022
International IDEA launches the "Young Women’s Democracy Academy" in S...
The Young Women’s Democracy Academy (YWDA) is a three-month capacity-building programme dedicated to empowering young women between the ages of 18 and 24 with the knowledge and skills necessary...
Dr Hannah Bissiw - Ghana Business
31.03.2022
Ghana: Encourage women to partake in active politics – Hannah Bissiw
The National Women Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Louisa Hannah Bissiw, has called on the women leadership of political parties to mentor young ladies in and out of tertiary...
Run GenZ members, from left to right, Ebo Entsuah, Roxy Ndebumadu, Caleb Hanna and Braxton Mitchell - CNN
28.12.2021
Gen Z and millennial conservatives seek to recruit and mentor young, diverse can...
When Roxy Ndebumadu, a Black conservative woman, ran for city council in Bowie, Maryland, at age 26, it was hard to find mentorship from elected officials of similar backgrounds. "My, I guess you...
Labor councillor for Kiama, Imogen Draisma, 22, wants the council to better reflect the community it represents.(ABC Illawarra: Ainslie Drewitt-Smith)
27.12.2021
In Australia, one of NSW's youngest female politicians calls for diversity...
A sea of change is washing across New South Wales local government as more women and young people take up seats as councillors. Until recently, 22-year-old Imogen Draisma could not see...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Do you say yes to youth? 1 year of the IPU’s campaign
Blas Llano & Patrick Kemper, Paraguay (IPU)
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Young MPs for climate action: Eighth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians
MP Sahar Albazar ⓒ Parliament of Egypt
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Australia: Represent us!
Australia: Represent us! - Plan International Australia
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth
Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth - IPU