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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...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win in the United States
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win distills Political Parity’s research on women candidates and elected officeholders, drawing on additional studies to illuminate issues and proffer strategies for overcoming barriers to political parity. Each...
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Parliaments are failing women MPs
By Gabriela Cuevas, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we call on...
Monday, September 10, 2018
ParlAmericas working session: Political Inclusion – Advancing Indigenous Women’s Leadership
From September 9 to 12, 2018, parliamentarians from across the Americas and the Caribbean will attend ParlAmericas’ 15th Plenary Assembly in Victoria, British Columbia. The conference will focus on fostering inclusion as an integral component of...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Poor representation of women in politics
The 13% rise in the number of women voters compared to the 2013 Assembly elections is no doubt a good sign in a democratic set up. But, relatively, the number of women candidates fielded by all main political parties is abysmally low, although the...
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...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians
Caribbean countries face complex development challenges shaped by socio-political, economic and environmental factors. These are experienced differently by women and men due to gender inequalities that intersect with variables like class, age, race...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Pacific Islands Forum leader plans more effort to help women as leaders
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders.  The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role finishes in December, says she hasn't done enough to...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Proposals to increase number of female MPs in Commons rejected
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Power to the people? Tackling the gender imbalance in combined authorities and local government
A new generation of young women is ready and willing to participate in politics. The UK general election in June 2017 saw a rise in voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-old women, with participation up from 44 to 53 per cent compared with the 2015...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Papua New Guinea PM wants to push for more women MPs
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says he's looking to revive a proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country's parliament for women. No women were elected in recent elections, making Papua New Guinea one of the few countries with no female...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pennsylvania's women legislators few in number but more effective at passing laws, study says
A recent study found that women legislators in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly — though small in number — are more effective at passing legislation than their male counterparts. Researchers found, during the period they examined, that female...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Press Release: New IPU and UN Women Map shows women’s representation in politics stagnates
The number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to the data contained in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Panel Discussion on Gender Parity: A Global Reality Check
Join a conversation between members of the judiciary, executive and legislative branches and global policy experts organized by the Graduate Institute of Geneva in collaboration with Women@theTable and The Women in Public Service Project at the...
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Politics needs to change for the better to attract and retain women, says Chair of the Executive Board of WIP Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir
Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir is Chair of the Executive Board of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum. She is the former Minister of Interior of Iceland, the first Member of Parliament for the Reykjavík South constituency in Iceland, as well as a...
Pakistan MP
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Pakistani female lawmaker harassed in parliament
KARACHI: A Pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate after she was harassed by male colleagues in parliament, telling AFP that the widely-publicised incident shows how laws to protect women are not being enforced. Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, an...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Putting More Women on a Path to Political Power
By Alison Smale About five decades since the surge in modern feminism, it is unlikely that most women — in the United States, at least — would have anticipated the current political climate in which gender equality remains almost as elusive as ever...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Party leader sets goal for 50% of Labour MPs to be women by 2020
Party leader tells committee he backs all-female shortlists and is determined to have 50/50 representation by next election. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for all-female shortlists to achieve equal representation in parliament and...