Theme: Political Empowerment


In lead up to IWD, celebrating 10 women MPs who are active on IPU committees

As the IPU celebrates International Women’s Day, these are just some of the inspiring women MPs working actively in the IPU’s committees to promote gender equality, youth participation, peace and sustainable development. Sahar Albazar, Egypt President of the Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians Young people make up the majority of the world’s population, […]

Candidates billboards ahead of the general elections in Lagos, Nigeria on February 22, 2023. Anadolu Agency via AFP

IPU Gender Partnership Group says more women needed in decision-making in Nigeria

Statement by the IPU Gender Partnership Group  The IPU firmly believes that the equitable participation of women in politics is essential for strong democracies and for sustainable development. We stand in support of women’s political participation and representation in Nigeria, in the lead-up to elections to the National Assembly on 25 February 2023. However, we are […]

Council of Representatives, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Parliamentarians from around the world to convene in Bahrain for the 146th IPU Assembly

The 146th IPU Assembly will be held in Manama, Bahrain from 11 to 15 March 2023, hosted by the Parliament of Bahrain. Hundreds of parliamentarians from all over the world are expected to attend the deliberations on the overall  theme of Promoting peaceful coexistence and inclusive societies: Fighting intolerance. According to the 2022 Global Peace Index, published by […]

A women casts her ballot in the 2018 general elections in Freetown. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP

IPU supporting Sierra Leone as it opens door for more women in parliament

A new law in Sierra Leone will ensure that at least 30% of parliamentarians are women and impose similar quotas in other institutions, including government, local councils, the diplomatic corps and the civil service. The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Act was signed into law by President Julius Maada Bio on 19 January, a few […]

Closing of the 145th IPU Assembly in Rwanda, October 2022

As 2022 closes President and Secretary General see a new breath of life at the IPU

End of year message from IPU leadership 2022 saw the first year of the implementation of our new 5-year strategy. The Strategy gives us a renewed mandate to continue strengthening and connecting parliaments for peace, democracy and sustainable development. Climate action takes centre stage It opens up new avenues for the IPU to support parliaments in other […]

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First UN General Assembly resolution on role of parliaments in implementing the SDGs

In a historic first, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution highlighting the critical role of parliaments in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The resolution demonstrates a United Nations growing more open to cooperation with parliaments to advance the international agenda. The resolution entitled Enhancing the role of parliaments in accelerating the implementation […]

A session in the Senegal Parliament, CARMEN ABD ALI / AFP

IPU condemns in strongest possible terms violence in the Senegal Parliament

The IPU condemns in the strongest possible terms the violence that took place in the Senegal National Assembly this week, committed by two parliamentarians, Mr. Yewi Askanwi and Mr. Moustapha Sy, against a pregnant parliamentarian, Ms. Gniby Amy Ndiaye. Any physical attack on a parliamentarian or between parliamentarians is totally unacceptable, regardless of what is […]


Violence against women parliamentarians: Causes, effects, solutions

Women account for just over 26% of parliamentarians worldwide according to the IPU’s latest figures. Despite progress made in recent years, significant obstacles continue to block their path to parity with their male counterparts. One of the biggest obstacles is sexism, harassment and gender-based violence. IPU reports show that sexist abuse persists across all parliaments in all […]