Parliaments & Representatives

Parliaments & Representatives

Women make up only 23.5% of Members of Parliament according to the latest available data of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. While significant strides in women’s political participation have been made since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995, which set Member States’ target of achieving gender balance in political decision-making, women are still underrepresented in political decision-making at all levels and gender balance remains an aspirational goal.  Gains in women’s participation have been notable in countries that have taken proactive steps to support women’s political participation, including reforming or amending discriminatory laws, taking concrete action to address violence against women in politics and gender discrimination within parliaments, addressing gender-specific barriers, and supporting women in all forms of decision-making including at local level and in executive government.

News

10.01.2019
2018 left Rwandans with a more inclusive parliament
One of the hallmarks of post-Genocide Rwanda is inclusive politics. The year 2018 brought about more gains as far as political plurality is concerned, at least in the Chamber of Deputies where two...
09.01.2019
America has more female lawmakers than ever — yet it still lags far behind other...
By Adam Taylor,The United States has never had more women in Congress than it does now. As of last week, when the 116th Congress was sworn in, 23.7 percent of the 535 members of Congress are women —...
20.12.2018
UK Parliament makes ‘steady progress’ on gender equality
The UK Gender Sensitive Parliament Audit, published today, finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament, but there are still too...
14.12.2018
Fawzia Zainal elected first woman Speaker of Bahraini parliament
Bahrain’s parliament made history on Wednesday when it elected MP Fawzia Zainal as its first female Speaker of the Council of Representatives.Zainal, who won 25 votes from the 40-member lower house...
12.12.2018
Women MPs reveal death threats, bullying and harassment
Women MPs discuss bullying, harassment and other misconduct during a public panel discussion to mark 125 years of suffrage.Labour’s Ruth Dyson spoke about receiving death threats, as did the...
11.12.2018
UN Women applauds UAE President’s decision to increase Emirati women’s represent...
UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, has warmly welcomed the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to...
07.12.2018
Women parliamentarians want global network to tackle discrimination
LONDON — Female parliamentarians have called for a global network to combat issues including online abuse from the public, threats to their safety and discrimination by male colleagues.A...
04.12.2018
Iceland scandal over MPs' crude and sexist bar talk
There are calls for several Icelandic MPs to resign after they were recorded using crude language to describe female colleagues and a disabled activist.Icelanders were especially shocked that the MPs...
03.12.2018
Record number of Bahraini women elected to parliament
A record number of women have been elected in Bahrain's elections in what officials say is an historic achievement that has broken the glass ceiling of representation in the country's...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in parliament in 2018: The year in review
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in parliament in 2017: The year in review by IPU
UN Women
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map 2017

Related Websites

UN Women's Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database
City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres in Brazil
Violence against Women in Politics
E-learning Portal for Parliaments
Women’s Caucus Fact Sheet