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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
This Workshop will bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order to discuss research findings which are likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians. Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session...
Friday, July 05, 2019
#NotInMyParliament—Sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians
Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights violations, and the world of politics is also affected by this scourge. As in other sectors, violence against women in politics has been tolerated and normalised for too long. It can...
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
To accelerate gender equality, UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians
(Tokyo, 27 June)—In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an...
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Meet the European Parliament's youngest ever MEP
The new-look European Parliament includes the youngest person ever to sit as an MEP. Kira Peter-Hansen, from Denmark, is just 21 and was still studying at university when she was elected. She told BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night "even the interns...
Friday, June 21, 2019
Malawi Parliament picks first woman Speaker: Catherine Gotani Hara
Hon Catherine Gotani Hara, a lawmaker with the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, MCP, has been elected speaker of the country’s parliament becoming the first woman speaker. Multiple local media portals have reported that she won a closely...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Scottish Parliament campaign launched to get more women to becomes MSPs
A major Holyrood drive has been unveiled aimed at getting more women to become MSPs after numbers stalled in recent years. More than 400 women from across Scotland are to be invited to a day at the Scottish Parliament aimed at generating interest...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Finland's new female-powered government sworn in
Finland's new center-left coalition government has been sworn in, with the country's first Social Democratic prime minister in 16 years assuming office along with a climate issue-focused Cabinet where women are in the majority. The 19-member Cabinet...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Breaking the glass ceiling: How these women parliamentarians made it
With a record 78 MPs, this election proved that female candidates can win. Meet some first-timers without any political lineage to find out the odds they conquered on the way to Parliament. RAMYA HARIDAS| CONGRESS She sang her way into people’s...
Monday, June 03, 2019
Record number of women become MEPs – but men still dominate
More women have been elected to the European parliament than ever before but men still account for 60% of MEPs, according to an early analysis of the European election results. The proportion of female MEPs has increased slightly from 36% five years...
Friday, May 31, 2019
724 women contested Lok Sabha polls, 78 were elected, yet only 3 made it to PM Modi's cabinet
The newly-elected 17th Lok Sabha set the record with highest number of woman: 78 MPs. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, which was sworn-in on Thursday, in a largest-ever gathering, has only six women ministers in the government. Three...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
South Africa's president names Cabinet that is 50% women
South Africa's president on Wednesday named a trimmed-down Cabinet that is 50% women, making the country's one of few in the world to be "gender-balanced." President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement followed similar moves by Ethiopia and Rwanda last...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Spain's parliament leads Europe in gender-equality despite rise of far right
Spain’s new parliament, sworn in on Tuesday, has the largest share of women in any European legislature, no small achievement for a country still reinventing itself four decades after the end of a right-wing, traditionalist dictatorship. Women’s...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Australia: Women in parliament to hit record high but 'long way to go' until gender parity
The next federal parliament is set to have a record number of women but Australia still has a "long way to go" until it achieves gender parity in its corridors of power. After Saturday's election, female candidates are on track to win at least 81 of...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Finnish parliamentary elections: Record number of women winners
The main issues driving Finland’s 2019 parliamentary election on April 14, 2019 included the previous government coalition’s unsuccessful attempt to pass a long-debated social and healthcare reform; the need for action to mitigate climate change;...
Friday, April 12, 2019
MPs discuss ways to achieve gender equality at CSW63
The IPU and UN Women held a joint parliamentary event at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) on 13 March 2019 in New York. Participants at the event discussed ways of making social protection programmes more gender...
Friday, April 05, 2019
Why cabinet, rather than parliament, is the centre of power for African women
How do we know whether women are achieving equitable levels of political representation? For many years, scholars have focused on women’s representation in legislatures. But in many African states power is in fact concentrated in the executive...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Women in Politics Map 2019
This map is a unique visual tool that captures women’s participation in executive government and in parliament on a given date—1st January 2019. The map of Women in Politics not only provides a country ranking for both ministerial and parliamentary...
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Women in parliament in 2018: The year in review
The annual report provides an update and analysis of progress made and setbacks encountered by women in parliament further to elections and renewals held over a year. Produced every year on the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), it...