International Day of Parliamentarism 2022: More diversity, slightly fewer functioning parliaments

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International Day of Parliamentarism 2022: More diversity, slightly fewer functioning parliaments

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Afghan MPs listen to the President address parliament in 2017, Kabul
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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 more representative, with the proportion of MPs who are women and who are young on the increase. However, IPU data also shows that the numbers of functioning parliaments and sitting parliamentarians have decreased slightly. 

More women in parliament

The proportion of parliamentarians who are women stands at an all-time high of 26.2%. This compares with 11.3% 27 years ago.

Click here to read the full article published by The Inter-Parliamentary Union on 28 June 2022.

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