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

13.04.2018
Citizen engagement in Morocco: breaking down barriers to political inclusion
By Brechtje KempMorocco’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...
13.04.2018
IPU gathers parliaments to discuss empowering rural women and girls at the Commi...
 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...
13.04.2018
Women’s Organizations Feed the Constitutional Reform Process in Haiti
By Marie-Laurence Jocelyn LassegueAs part of its support for the democratic consolidation process in Haiti and the promotion of women's rights, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral...
13.04.2018
Nigerian Senate President wants more women in governance in 2019
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has pledged to work with relevant political stakeholders to ensure that a greater number of women are given the opportunity to vie and occupy elective offices...
09.04.2018
USA: Hundreds of Former Staffers Urge Senate to Act on Sexual Harassment
Senate leadership to receive letter following recessOver 600 former staffers have signed a letter urging Senate leadership to consider legislation that would address sexual harassment...
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...

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