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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 the IPU's open data platform, Parline

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IPU member parliaments
countries are members of the IPU
Women in parliament
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
of the world's MPs are under 45
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Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
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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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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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News in brief
Ms. Seham Sergiwa

IPU Human Rights Committee urges end to impunity for murdered, tortured and kidnapped MPs

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has renewed its calls to national authorities to bring to account those involved in the past abuse of members of parliament, including murder. Although some of the cases are more than
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News in brief

2021 Hearing: 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
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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.
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.