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.


Kenyan Parliament hosts gender mainstreaming workshop with IPU
The IPU held a capacity-building workshop for staff of the Kenyan Parliament on mainstreaming gender into parliamentary work. The workshop, co-organized with the Parliament of Kenya on 19-23 June in...
Expert Group Meeting on gender-sensitive parliaments
Five years ago, the IPU adopted its Plan of Action for Gender-Sensitive Parliaments at its 127th Assembly in Quebec. Since then, the IPU has helped parliaments become more gender sensitive and has...
Making laws work to end violence against women and girls
Preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) requires more than adopting laws—they need to be effectively implemented. Parliamentarians, NGOs and legal officers met to discuss the issue at a...
International IDEA promotes women political participation by providing public sp...
By Marie DouceyFrom 23 to 30 May 2017, International IDEA organized three training sessions in oratory for Haiti’s female mayors and parliamentarians.“We loved this way of training people! It is very...
Online trolling putting women off politics, a union has warned
Abuse targeted at politicians on social media is putting some women off standing for public office, a union has warned.Sexist comments and insults have become too common for people trying to serve...
European Parliament Tunisian Week - Women Political Leaders Global Forum
In the framework of the ‘Tunisian Week’ which took place at the European Parliament (Brussels) on the 2-4 May, the Women Political Leaders (WPL) Global Forum co-hosted the debate ‘Gender equality and...
The government of Kenya launched a strategy to support participation of women in...
The government of Kenya has launched a strategy aimed at supporting greater participation of women in elective politics. This comes ahead of the two third gender rule bill set to be reintroduced in...
Finnish Parliament organizes meeting on gender-sensitive parliaments
The IPU developed both the concept and definition of gender-sensitive parliaments and has been at the forefront of supporting gender-sensitive parliamentary reform. On 20 April, the Feminist Group of...
Rural women meet with the Speaker of Fijian Parliament, Dr. Jiko Luveni
Women in the interior of Naitasiri are proud to see a woman head the Fijian Parliament.According to a statement released by the Fijian Parliament Office, women from of Lutu Village in Naitasiri who...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map: 2017
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map: 2017
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Evaluating the gender sensitivity of parliaments: A self assessment toolkit by IPU
ipu toolkit
Strengthening women’s political participation: An analysis of the impact of women’s parliamentary networks in Europe and Central Asia

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