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

03.04.2018
Dutch MP quits: blames not being able to combine parliament with motherhood
A Socialist Party MP is leaving parliament because she does not feel she can combine her work as a parliamentarian with being a mother.Nine Kooiman, 37, has been an MP for nearly eight years and had...
28.03.2018
Italy's new parliament is younger, more diverse and more female
Italy may not have a government yet, but it does have nearly 1,000 new legislators.Two weeks after Italians voted, Italy's 315 newly elected senators have been registering at the houses of parliament...
28.03.2018
United States Senate’s female members push for harassment vote
The Senate's 22 female members joined together Wednesday in a bipartisan push for their leaders to overhaul its workplace misconduct rules, airing "deep disappointment" that the chamber hasn't...
22.03.2018
Cook Islands Women Parliamentarians Caucus to Boost Equal Representation
This article was published by UNDP on March 8, 2018.Avarua, Cook Islands - With the establishment of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Cook Islands aims to further advance the effective...
19.03.2018
Almost half of women in politics have faced abuse or violence
Global survey ahead of London summit finds 44% faced serious abuse, including threats of murder, rape and assault.Almost half of women in politics have faced serious abuse, including threats of...
19.03.2018
Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and critic of police brutality, murdered
Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco was on her way home Wednesday evening when she and her driver were shot and killed on the road.The 38-year-old left-leaning politician was an outspoken...
12.03.2018
IPU celebrates International Women’s Day and calls for action to advance gender...
Statement by Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the Inter-Parliamentary UnionOn International Women’s Day, the Inter-Parliamentary Union proudly joins the worldwide efforts to achieve...
02.03.2018
Nicola Sturgeon shocked by Holyrood survey on sexism and abuse
Nicola Sturgeon has reacted with disappointment to a survey that found that one in five Holyrood staff and one in three women had experienced sexual harassment or sexist behaviour while working...
02.03.2018
Highlights of IPU's Women in Parliament in 2017 Report
Global highlightsThe year 2017 saw some positive developments in women’s participation in elections, according to the Women in Parliament in 2017: The year in review, released by the Inter-...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

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
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