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July 13, 2018
Source: Daily Mirror
Parliamentarians Act: Step it up for gender equality, deliver on 2030 Agenda
‘Step it up for gender equality’ was one among the many commitments renewed at the third South Asian Speakers Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation, convened by the International Parliamentary Union and Sri Lanka’s Parliament in Colombo, July 11-12, 2018.   Accounting for 39....
July 13, 2018
Source: Malawi24
Community Radios engaged to amplify voices of female aspirants in Malawi
UN Women Malawi has engaged community radios in the country in a campaign to promote female aspirants through radio messages and radio talk shows. Speaking in an interview, Communications Officer for UN Women Malawi Faith Mvula said Journalists from the community media houses have already been...
July 10, 2018
Source: IPU
Mexican Parliament achieves gender parity
Last Sunday’s elections in Mexico resulted in gender parity in the Parliament: with almost all the results counted, there are 246 women (48.6%) and 254 men (51.2%) in the Chamber of Deputies and 65 women (50.78%) and 63 men (49.22%) in the Senate. A provisional IPU calculation shows that Mexico has...
June 13, 2018
Source: UNDP
Solomon Islands: Practice parliament for women to level the playing field for women’s political participation
As a response to gender norms that continue to work against women’s entry into politics, 50 women across the eight provinces of the Solomon Islands are currently gathered in Honiara for the Second Practice Parliament for Women. According to the International Parliamentary Union (IPU), these gender...
May 30, 2018
Source: UN Women
Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009
In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists. This was a whopping increase from 2009, when only 12 women candidates had...
May 4, 2018
Source: IPU
Women Speakers of Parliament declare zero tolerance towards sexism, racism, and violence in parliament
Female parliamentarians worldwide called for immediate reforms to stop sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments. This includes urging all parliaments to set concrete targets and deadlines to achieve equal representation of women and men. Taking part in the 12th Summit of Women...
April 24, 2018
Source: IPU
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 the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the...
April 13, 2018
Citizen engagement in Morocco: breaking down barriers to political inclusion
By Brechtje Kemp Morocco’s constitutional reform in 2011 forms the basis of new laws and practices which increased civil participation in the decision-making process, but more remains to be done. How to strengthen the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) as “the cement between government and...
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 policies, development strategies and budgets, or their...