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Friday, April 27, 2018
Tamar Chugoshvili
Tamar Chugoshvili is the First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia and Chair of the Gender Equality Council of Georgia. This interview was conducted on 12 March 2018 in New York during CSW.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Women parliamentary leaders to work for more inclusive politics
Women Speakers of Parliament will identify clear actions to eliminate barriers to women’s political participation, end harassment of female MPs, and promote inclusive parliaments. The 12th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, organized jointly by...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
12th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament
The 12th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, organized by the Chamber of Deputies of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the IPU, will be held on 25 and 26 April 2018. The Summit will focus on inclusive societies and political decision-making...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Women are stepping up in politics
By Buffalo News Editorial Board American politics is changing, and not always in wholesome ways. But this one, if it can be sustained, augurs well for the country: In numbers never seen before, women are suiting up to campaign for public office. It’...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Women standing for Lebanon: The female parliamentary candidates pushing for change
Lawyers, journalists, engineers, architects, NGO workers: the profile of the female candidates for the Lebanese parliamentary elections is as diversified as society itself. For the first time, there are 111 women on 976 registered candidates,...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Moving beyond now in women’s political representation in Papua New Guinea
By Michelle Nayahamui Rooney On 6 March 2018, PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill reportedly announced a shift from limited preferential voting (LPV) back to the first past the post voting (FPTP) system in PNG’s national elections. This announcement...
Monday, April 16, 2018
11 states have no women representing them in Congress
Progress is not inevitable. And it is rarely -- if ever -- complete. For women in American politics, each point of progress serves as a reminder of the progress we have yet to make toward equitable power and presence in government. Monday's swearing...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Tammy Duckworth gives birth, first US senator to do so while in office
Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday, her office announced, the first US senator to do so while in office. "Bryan, Abigail and I couldn't be happier to welcome little Maile Pearl as the newest addition to our...
Friday, April 13, 2018
IPU gathers parliaments to discuss empowering rural women and girls at the Commission on the Status of Women
  Although rural girls and women made up 40 per cent of all the women in the world in 2015, according to the United Nations, they lack a voice in decision-making. In many countries, they are either not taken into account in national laws and...
Friday, April 13, 2018
Nigerian Senate President wants more women in governance in 2019
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has pledged to work with relevant political stakeholders to ensure that a greater number of women are given the opportunity to vie and occupy elective offices during the 2019 general elections. Saraki gave the...
Monday, April 09, 2018
USA: Hundreds of Former Staffers Urge Senate to Act on Sexual Harassment
Senate leadership to receive letter following recess Over 600 former staffers have signed a letter urging Senate leadership to consider legislation that would address sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. That number continued to grow Friday morning....
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Dutch MP quits: blames not being able to combine parliament with motherhood
A Socialist Party MP is leaving parliament because she does not feel she can combine her work as a parliamentarian with being a mother. Nine Kooiman, 37, has been an MP for nearly eight years and had her first child last year. ‘I realise that I am...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Italy's new parliament is younger, more diverse and more female
Italy may not have a government yet, but it does have nearly 1,000 new legislators. Two weeks after Italians voted, Italy's 315 newly elected senators have been registering at the houses of parliament in Rome since Monday and the 630 new deputies...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Cook Islands Women Parliamentarians Caucus to Boost Equal Representation
This article was published by UNDP on March 8, 2018. Avarua, Cook Islands - With the establishment of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Cook Islands aims to further advance the effective participation of women at the highest decision-making body:...
Monday, March 12, 2018
IPU celebrates International Women’s Day and calls for action to advance gender equality
Statement by Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union On International Women’s Day, the Inter-Parliamentary Union proudly joins the worldwide efforts to achieve gender equality. As IPU President, I call upon male...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Side Event at CSW 62 on making it safe for women in politics: Seeking institutional solutions
The movement set off by the #MeToo campaign exemplifies the global magnitude of the culture of sexual harassment and assault. Political institutions are among the workplaces where behaviour hostile to women run rampant, and pressure is mounting for...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Parliamentary Meeting at CSW 62: Parliaments deliver for rural women and girls
The 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. On that occasion, the IPU, in cooperation with UN Women, will hold its annual Parliamentary Meeting on 13 March 2018, at UN...
Friday, March 02, 2018
Highlights of IPU's Women in Parliament in 2017 Report
Global highlights The year 2017 saw some positive developments in women’s participation in elections, according to the Women in Parliament in 2017: The year in review, released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) ahead of International Women’s...