The Political Participation of Youth

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Finland's prime minister, Sanna Marin. Footage of her partying is ‘visible proof of the political strength of western liberalism’. Photograph: Kimmo Brandt/EPA
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Finland’s PM is a young woman in power. Her partying is the total opposite of disgrace
Sanna Marin is a symbol of feminist achievement that closet cultural-Putinists are fighting to contain Northern European politics rarely rates a mention in Australian media, but the young prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, has been making...
ZGC targeting to capacitate Zimbabwe women in politics (Picture by Mkhululi Ncube Chronicle)
Thursday, September 15, 2022
ZGC targeting to capacitate Zimbabwe women in politics
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) is capacitating women across the country to contest in the forthcoming general elections under the programme Women Rise in Politics, with support from United Nations Women.  Under the programme, the commission is...
How to mitigate these five threats to democracy (IPU)
Thursday, September 15, 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 its Universal Declaration on Democracy, its...
Paraguay: Political training school for women leaders earns award by the global network on electoral justice (International IDEA)
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Paraguay: Political training school for women leaders earns award by the global network on electoral justice
The women’s training programme, led by the national Electoral Management Body in cooperation with International IDEA, earned an Honorable Mention in the Gender Equality category in the first edition of the Global Network on Electoral Justice Awards...
Malgré leur rôle de premier plan dans l’action militante, les femmes et les filles se heurtent à des obstacles (ONU Droits de l’homme)
Friday, September 09, 2022
Despite being at forefront of activism, women and girls still face barriers
“Authorities should support the voices of young activists more; instead of silencing or minimizing them, they should be used as platforms to empower, generate a change,” said Meskerem Geset Techane, a member of the Working Group on discrimination...
Sudanese women discussing alliance building during the seminar, June 2022. Photo:  UN Women Sudan
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
UN Women Sudan supports young women’s participation in the political process
Through roundtable discussions, capacity-building workshops, and seminars targeting women from across Sudan, UN Women Sudan empowers young women to learn skills in alliance-building and participation in political processes. The October 25th coup in...
Musical act during the graduation of YWDA, Khartoum, Sudan-09-08-2022. Image credit: International IDEA
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Graduation of Sudan's young women democracy academy (YWDA)
International IDEA Sudan’s programme celebrated the graduation of the first batch from the Young Women Democracy Academy (YWDA) on 9 August 2022. The event took place in the International IDEA office, and it was attended by the Swedish Ambassador to...
Blas Llano & Patrick Kemper, Paraguay (IPU)
Friday, August 12, 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 people remain severely under-represented....
Empowerment Series for young parliamentarians: Briefing on youth empowerment and political participation (IPU)
Monday, August 08, 2022
Empowerment Series for young parliamentarians: Briefing on youth empowerment and political participation
Just over ten years ago, IPU Member Parliaments adopted a landmark resolution on youth participation in the democratic process, declaring that achieving meaningful democracy requires the full and active participation of young people and youth...
Enhancing inclusive political participation and representation in Africa (Picture: International IDEA)
Friday, August 05, 2022
Enhancing inclusive political participation and representation in Africa
Africa has made significant progress in enhancing inclusive political participation and representation, mostly for women, youth and people living with disabilities. This report unpacks the trends and challenges of inclusive participation in Africa....
The Zimbabwean political figure fighting for her country’s future (Aljazeera)
Thursday, July 14, 2022
The Zimbabwean political figure fighting for her country’s future
Inside a cramped cell at Zimbabwe’s infamous Chikurubi prison in January last year, a group of women took turns to speak. Among them was Fadzayi Mahere, one of the country’s most prominent young opposition leaders. Sitting on the cold, urine-stained...
Afghan MPs listen to the President address parliament in 2017, Kabul
© Haroon Sabawoon/ Anadolu Agency via AFP
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
International Day of Parliamentarism 2022: More diversity, slightly fewer functioning parliaments
On the eve of the International Day of Parliamentarism and the IPU’s 133rd anniversary on 30 June, a snapshot of the state of parliaments and parliamentarians offers mixed results. According to the latest IPU figures, some parliaments are becoming...
Students graduating from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria. Credit: Rajmund Dabrowski/ANN.
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
“We copy it from them”: How campus politics sets scene for big man politics in Nigeria
Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of female political representation in the world. This culture is established and reinforced early. One morning before heading to university, Esther Binkap, 21, looked at herself in the mirror and asked herself if...
MP Sahar Albazar ⓒ Parliament of Egypt
Monday, June 20, 2022
Young MPs for climate action: Eighth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians
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 organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Egypt. This...
Sara Mohammad Falaknaz
Monday, June 20, 2022
Sara Mohammad Falaknaz
Sara Mohammad Falaknaz is Member of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates. This interview was conducted on 7 September 2021, in Vienna (Austria), during the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament. Click on the Settings...
Parliaments, youth, and intergenerational justice
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Parliaments, youth, and intergenerational justice
INTER PARES is organising the “Parliaments, Youth, and Intergenerational Justice” workshop on 22 June 2022 from 9:30 to 13:00 CEST in Stockholm, Sweden. VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION IS AVAILABLE upon registration This workshop aims to take stock of ...
Provincial Logistics Assistants attending a pre-election workshop in Port Moresby Photo: Supplied (RNZ)
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
PNG elections: Female candidates "young and determined"
Election campaigning is underway in Papua New Guinea with strong participation from women who are "young and determined". Although there are 86 women candidates standing in this year's elections compared with 167 in 2017, campaigners are pushing for...
Women in politics: Striving for genuine change in a rigged system, By Fidelis Nwagwu
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Women in politics: Striving for genuine change in a rigged system, By Fidelis Nwagwu
The message seems quite clear that politics in Nigeria is a game for rich, old men, to the detriment of the real change-making demographics - women and youths. Politics has almost become an exclusive club of male actors, who prevent the...

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