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Gender-sensitive reforms in parliament are necessary to eliminate violence against women

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) follows up its landmark study on sexism against women MPs with an initiative to advance gender-sensitive reforms in parliament. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, IPU is launching an innovative approach that challenges parliaments on their functioning and working methods, and how these contribute to gender equality. The publication, Evaluating gender sensitivity of parliaments: A self-assessment toolkit, is the first step of this initiative, and lays the groundwork to honestly assess women’s equal representation in... read more

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Gender-sensitive reforms in parliament are necessary to eliminate violence against women
IPU Secretary General Renews Commitment to Fighting Malnutrition
IPU Participates in Geneva Peace Week
IPU concerned about detained Turkish MPs
IPU and CERN to work together for peace
World’s MPs commit to tackling human rights challenges

IPU Secretary General Renews Commitment to Fighting Malnutrition

Malnutrition affects billions of people throughout the world, killing around three million children annually, according to UNICEF. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement was set up to respond to this crisis, with a mission to eliminate malnutrition by 2030. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong is one of the 29 global leaders appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to shape SUN's efforts to eradicate malnutrition. On 17 November, Mr. Chungong met with Ms. Gerda Verbung, Coordinator of SUN, to discuss how to translate the collaboration between the two institutions into action. read more

IPU Participates in Geneva Peace Week

How can countries ensure that peace, once established, is sustainable? And what can be done about inequality, which, if allowed to persist, can be a threat to peace? IPU co-hosted two events during Geneva Peace Week to look into these questions, bringing a parliamentary perspective to them. The first of these was When Peace Agreements Fail to Secure Sustainable Peace: Learning from Yemen, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Participants discussed the factors due to which, in spite of negotiations and agreements, outbreaks of violence had broken out in these three countries. read more

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Representative Democracy

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Women in Politics     

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