Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, IPU is launching an innovative self-assessment toolkit which assists parliaments in reviewing their functioning and working methods, and how these contribute to gender equality. This is a follow-up to the IPU's landmark study on sexism against women MPs launched recently as part of the IPU's priority commitment to advance gender-sensitive reforms in parliaments. BGIPU has been active in promoting the IPU's work in the UK Parliament and sees the launch of the IPU's self-asessment toolkit as a vitally important contribution to such efforts.
A meeting jointly organised by the IPU and the Moroccan Parliament, bringing together parliamentarians from all over the world, was held on 13th November 2016 in Marrakech, one week into the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22). The aim was to involve parliamentarians worldwide in promoting awareness of the issues being discussed at COP22, so that they could better hold their Governments to account for delivering on commitments made at COP21 in Paris in December 2015.
The world body of parliamentarians met in Geneva from 23-27 October for the 135th IPU Assembly to debate “Human rights abuses as precursors of conflict: Parliaments as early responders”. In addition to acknowledging the achievements of the IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians on its 40th anniversary, the debate also highlighted the key role by played by parliamentarians across the world as human rights defenders. The Assembly also held an emergency debate on the war and humantarian situation in Syria and passed a resolution on the political empowerment of women.