Theme: Political Empowerment

Call to Action- On young women’s political participation and leadership

Call to Action- On young women’s political participation and leadership

Following a virtual event on 18 November 2020, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth published today a call to action on young women’s participation in politics. The call to action identifies three priority areas for increasing young women’s representation in politics: Priority 1: Nurturing Young Women’s Political Aspirations Priority 2: Supporting […]

Marking IWD 2021, the meeting had a timely focus on the importance of inclusive parliaments in the response to the gender impacts of the global pandemic, not least with the recent release of the Centenary Action Group’s report on the Remotely Representative Parliament: Lesson Learning from the Hybrid Parliament written by Dr Jess Smith with Professor Sarah Childs. Copyright UK Parliament/ Jessica Taylor

BGIPU Chair leads parliamentary event marking International Women’s Day 2021

On Tuesday 9th March, in association with the Women in Parliament APPG, BGIPU hosted an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP moderated the esteemed panel which included academics Dr Jessica Smith and Professor Sarah Childs who were joined by Clerk Assistant, Sarah Davies, Chair of the Procedure Committee, The Rt […]

2020 elections in New Zealand saw an unprecedented increase in the numbers of women and traditionally under-represented groups. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images via AFP

Proportion of women MPs globally inches up but gender parity still far off

Following elections in 2020, the global proportion of women in parliament reached a record 25.5 per cent, representing an increase of 0.6 points compared with 2019, according to the IPU’s latest Women in Parliament report. The IPU has tracked women’s participation in parliament for decades, allowing it to measure progress and setbacks. Every year, the IPU […]

The theme of fighting corruption was designed to ensure a parliamentary contribution to the Political Declaration of the UNGA Special Session against corruption (UNGASS 2021), taking place in June. The Hearing was opened by IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, and the President of UNGA, Volkan Bozkir with a keynote address by the President of Transparency International, Delia Ferreira Rubio.

Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the UN: Parliamentarians focus on fighting corruption

On 17 and 18 February, the IPU and the United Nations brought together some 400 parliamentarians, as well as diplomats, representatives from civil society and experts for a virtual sitting of the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations. This year’s theme, Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects, was designed to […]