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In the 20th century, one of the greatest changes to democracy around the world was women’s participation in politics, both as voters and as members of parliament. In 1995, the Beijing Conference called for measures to ensure women’s equal access and full participation in power structures and decision-making on the premises that equality in politics makes parliaments stronger and results in more stable and just democracies. Since then, notable progress had been made: worldwide, women’s parliamentary membership nearly doubled between 1995 and 2015, from 11.3 per cent in 1995 to 22.1 per cent in 2015. However, only 41 countries have more than 30 per cent of women in parliament.
Transforming parliament into a gender-sensitive environment where gender is mainstreamed throughout the legislature is still a challenge in most countries. This thematic page showcases good practices, instruments and strategies from around the world that helped strengthen Parliament and encourage female engagement and participation at the decision-making level.