Month: July 2024

Nawal El Moutawakel was also a torch-bearer for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens/ AFP

Going for gold: IPU highlights the contributions of five parliamentary Olympians

Excelling as a world-class athlete and performing parliamentary work both require determination, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence. As we count down to the Paris 2024 Olympics, let’s meet five trailblazers who succeeded in both arenas. 1. Sebastian Coe – United Kingdom Sebastian Coe is a former middle-distance runner who won four Olympic medals, including […]

UK and French flags Riccardo Milani / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP

Gender equality highs and lows: a tale of two parliamentary elections from IPU

Following an intense week of elections, the IPU’s two founding members, France and the United Kingdom, have just completed their parliamentary elections. How have both parliaments fared in terms of gender equality? How do they compare to previous chambers and the IPU’s global average of women in parliament which stood at 26.9% before these latest […]

A demonstrator holds a placard which says UNITE AGAINST HATE during a demonstration in Lyon, France, June 25, 2024. © Matthieu Delaty/ Hans Lucas via AFP

In year of multiple parliamentary elections, legislators get tough on digital hate

With record numbers of citizens heading to the polls this year, some parliaments have been passing new legislation to reduce the impact of online hate and disinformation. Some of these measures may already be starting to show results. Extremism and disinformation both existed long before the internet, but the digital age has enabled hate speech […]