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Monday, March 30, 2020
Survey finds that gender gaps in political interest reduce after women’s representation doubles in Uruguay
The below findings and graph are from the book Seeing Women, Strengthening Democracy: How Women in Politics Foster Connected Citizens, authored by Magda Hinojosa and Miki Caul Kittilson and released in 2020. Surveys of Uruguayan men and women—both...
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Women in parliament: 1995–2020 - 25 years in review
This year’s report looks back at 25 years of women in parliament on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing conference and its groundbreaking action plan for gender equality. IPU analysis shows that gender parity is possible. The overall...
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
In 2020, world “cannot afford” so few women in power
Press Release Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, USA – 10 March 15:00 CET/10:00 ET Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a sluggish pace according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU‑UN...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Teres Lindberg
Teres Lindberg is a Member of Parliament from Sweden. This interview was conducted in October 2019 in the margins of the the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrad.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
2019 Parliamentary Elections in Moldova - Gender perspective
The infographics are produced by the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova, with the support of “Enhancing democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections” Project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Pursuing equality in rights and representation – Women’s experiences running for parliament in Lebanon’s 2018 elections
In late 2018 and early 2019 UN Women interviewed 87 per cent of the women who ran for Parliamentary election (75 of the 86 women; of the 113 women who registered to run, 86 made it on to candidate lists). This report summarizes their stories and...
Thursday, February 13, 2020
HeForShe Action Kit for Parliaments
This Action Kit has been developed to guide the overall implementation of the HeForShe solidarity movement. It provides general information about the campaign, simple-to-follow implementation steps and a list of accessible campaign tools and...
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Regional seminar on the SDGs for Asia-Pacific Parliaments
The National Assembly of Pakistan and the IPU are jointly organizing a regional seminar for the Asia-Pacific region’s parliaments entitled Development for all: Parliament’s road map on the Sustainable Development Goals. This event is the third in a...
Friday, January 31, 2020
2020 Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the UN
Education as a key to peace and sustainable development: Toward the implementation of SDG 4. Education has long been recognized as a necessary precondition for sustainable development in all its dimensions – economic, social and environmental....
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
IPU publishes new guidelines to eliminate sexism and harassment in parliament
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the IPU has published a comprehensive set of guidelines to combat sexual harassment and violence against women in parliament. The guidelines offer advice and...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Gender-Sensitive Parliaments
The Report on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments is the result of a two-year research project. It follows up on a previous IPU publication, Equality in Politics: A Survey of Women and Men in Parliaments (2008). That Survey had found that women were...
Monday, December 02, 2019
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of CEDAW
Background The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the most important treaty on women’s human rights. Adopted in December 1979 and ratified by 189 States, it is a leading tool in eliminating all...
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Women MPs say abuse forcing them from politics
MPs have increasingly become the target of abuse - and some women politicians say they are bearing the brunt of it. Labour MP Rachel Reeves - who has written a history of women in Parliament - recalls how the first female MP to take up her seat,...
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Sexism in parliament in Iceland: The numbers don’t lie
According to a new study, around 80% of women in Parliament are exposed to gender-based violence. In May, the study surveyed 33 women who are working in or have recently quit Parliament, with 25 women responding. The results of the study are...
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Here are the most gender-balanced cabinets in the world today
There are currently 22 gender-balanced cabinets, of which 14 have at least 50% of women ministers.  Women continue to be under-represented globally in political leadership positions. Data from UN Women and the Inter-parliamentary Union’s 2019 Women...
Friday, September 27, 2019
In Nepal, an uphill battle for gender parity
Female representation in Nepal's parliament has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. It’s the result of a far-reaching gender quota system in the Himalayan nation that has made the country’s Constitution one of the most politically...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Inclusion and Participation as Foundations of Democracy
A great deal has happened on the international scene and in countries around the world since the UN first observed the International Day of Democracy on 15 September 2008. While people everywhere continue to aspire to democracy as a fundamental...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
This Workshop will bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order to discuss research findings which are likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians. Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session...