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The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments.

We empower parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development.

How many women are in your parliament? How does your parliament rank in the world in terms of gender equality? Find out on Parline, the IPU's open data platform.

Data points:

IPU member parliaments
179
countries are members of the IPU
Women in parliament
25.5%
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
28.1%
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
519
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
Latest news from the IPU
Voices
Pacheco

Statement by IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, on International Women's Day 2021

The IPU has been promoting gender equality for decades ever since the first woman parliamentarian took the floor at an IPU parliamentary event in 1922. On 8 March, 2021, International Women's Day, listen to IPU President, Mr. Duarte Pacheco, speak
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Statements
Mali 2020

Joint Call by IPU and CEDAW Committee on International Women's Day 2021

View the monthly ranking of women in national parliaments Our shared commitments Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Member States have recognized the equal right of women and men to participate in public
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Press releases
New Zealand elections 2020

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

View the monthly ranking of women in national parliaments 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
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Voices
Beatriz Arigmòn

A conversation with...Beatriz Argimòn, MP, Uruguay

As part of a new IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Beatriz Argimòn, President of the General
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Highlights
2020 was marked by continued gradual progress for women in parliament despite the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.
Gender-sensitive parliaments are institutions that are founded on gender equality, where women and men have an equal right to participate without discrimination or recrimination.
Reference
This new guide is designed as a practical tool for parliaments and parliamentarians on how to use social media in a safe and measured way while getting the maximum benefit from it.
Virtual event
Jointly organized by the IPU and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the webinar will provide parliaments with up-to-date information on the status of SDG implementation.
The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
As COVID-19 slows down global activity, how can parliaments continue to function, legislate and scrutinize the actions of government?  How are parliaments around the world adapting to the crisis?
Our impact
We help strengthen parliaments to make them more effective and representative.
We work to increase women’s representation in parliament and empower women MPs.
We defend the human rights of parliamentarians and help them uphold the rights of all.
We help parliaments fight terrorism, cyber warfare and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
We create the global space for parliamentary diplomacy, dialogue and networking.
We encourage youth participation in parliaments and empower young MPs.
We support parliaments in implementing the SDGs with a particular focus on health and climate change.
We bring a parliamentary dimension to United Nations processes to ensure international commitments become national realities.