Voters in the EU will elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament during the European elections of 22-25 May 2014. The new European Parliament, representing the interests of over 500 million citizens, will shape European legislation over the next five years.
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As a first of its kind in the OSCE region, this study is concerned with the presence and operation of dedicated women’s parliamentary bodies (alternatively referred to as parliamentary structures for women members of parliament (MPs)) that promote gender equality and women’s representation.
This guidebook provides brief and simple references on gender mainstreaming in legislative processes. In particular, the guide focuses on two of the three principal functions of the House of Representative (DPR) in Indonesia, namely producing legislation and forming budgets.
This paper is a comparative commentary on the situation of women’s political leadership in Ghana. The paper highlights progress made in the country, draws attention to areas of retrogression and proposes some immediate strategies for greater representation of women in political leadership.
An interesting contribution in the discussion came from Sarry, who shared an experience from Namibia. Sarry: “Namibia at the moment stands at over 30% women representation and 42% at the local governance level.
While the number of women parliamentarians is understood to have increased by 75% since 19951, such trends are not as encouraging considering that women continue to be at the ‘bottom of the power pyramid’ and represent only 19.7% of parliamentarians
AGORA is a multilateral initiative, jointly managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank Institute (WBI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International Idea), and
This manual describes public hearings as an integral part of the work of parliamentary committees. It serves as a guide for members of parliamentary committees in Kosovo on conducting a public hearing.
The BRIDGE Civic Education Development Project (CEDP) is a professional development project to build capacity in people working in areas of democracy and governance.This project developed from the concept of establishing a civics and governance component within the umbrella of BRIDGE.
Jointly produced by the IPU and UNODC, the Handbook on Combating Trafficking in Persons is intended to encourage parliamentarians to take an active part in stopping human trafficking. It contains a compilation of international laws and good practices developed to combat human trafficking.
This paper highlights the importance of legislative committees, as well as committee meetings and hearings. It describes the different types of committees, the regulations governing committee membership and leadership, and the responsibilities of committee staff.