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Policies to Empower Young Women


13:00 to 15:00 CET

No country today can claim to have achieved gender equality. Women account for half the world’s population, yet many face discrimination, social-economic barriers, cultural stereotypes and/or physical and sexual violence. According to IPU data, young women face double discrimination based on age and sex. Less than one per cent of MPs aged under 30 are young women.

To shed light on these issues and mobilize young parliamentarians around needed solutions from both a gender and a youth responsive policy-making perspective, the IPU is organizing an online briefing on policies to empower young women. This briefing is part of the IPU’s Empowerment Series for young parliamentarians. The online briefing will be organized in the form of a virtual panel discussion.

Young male and female parliamentarians are invited to share:

  • Information on the situation of young women in their respective countries.
  • Good legislation, policies and programmes developed to empower women in general and young women in particular.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

The briefing is in line with IPU’s commitments to the Generation Equality Forum and comes as a follow up to the Call to Action of the IPU and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth on young women’s political participation and leadership.