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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.

Data points:

IPU member parliaments
179
countries are members of the IPU
Women in parliament
25.1%
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
28.1%
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
510
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
Latest news from the IPU
Press releases
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Annual IPU figures reveal increasing violence against parliamentarians, especially women MPs

In the lead-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has released its yearly figures on the human rights abuses experienced by parliamentarians around the world. The numbers confirm an upward trend of reported violations against parliamentarians. They
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Statements
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IPU concerned about violence during recent parliamentary elections in Myanmar

The IPU is concerned about reports of violence against parliamentarians and candidates during 8 November general elections in Myanmar. According to the information received by the IPU, parliamentarian Mr. U Htike Zaw was shot dead at his home in Shan
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IPU President Duarte Pacheco's campaign speech

Discover the new IPU President Duarte Pacheco’s campaign speech during the virtual election for the presidency on 1 November 2020.
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News in brief
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Sierra Leone’s Caucus on Female Genital Mutilation holds inaugural meeting

On 18 November 2020, thirty-four members of Sierra Leone’s parliament held a day-long meeting on Engaging Members of Parliament on Female Genital Mutilation: An innovative approach to attaining SDG 5. These select members represent the newly formed first-ever parliamentary Caucus
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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?
Highlights
These guidelines offer advice and practical information for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on how to transform parliaments into gender-sensitive environments free from sexism and abuse. Learn more about the IPU's work on gender equality.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressing Parliament about measures to counter the coronavirus © Fabio Frustaci / ANSA / AFP
How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way parliaments work? How are they implementing emergency measures to fight the virus? What is your parliament doing? Discover our country by country compilation.
The overall aim of this handbook is to help parliamentarians better understand international standards on freedom of expression.
The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
Assembly
The IPU's Governing Council will meet virtually from 1 to 4 November to take decisions on the functioning of the organization including the adoption of the 2021 budget and work programme and the election of a new IPU President.
Nov 01 2020
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.