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I SAY YES TO YOUTH IN PARLIAMENT!

Half the world’s population is under 30 and yet only 2.6% of MPs globally represent this age group. The IPU has identified the six ways below to change this. Please take two minutes to pick one or more pledge(s) to make your parliament younger! 

MPs and others who have said YES!

Daniel Risch - Prime Minister
Daniel Risch - Prime Minister Liechtenstein
Beatriz Argimón
Beatriz Argimón Uruguay
Puan Maharani
Puan Maharani Indonesia
Jemma Nunu Kumba
Jemma Nunu Kumba South Sudan
Annita Demetriou
Annita Demetriou Cyprus
Herimanana Razafimahefa
Herimanana Razafimahefa Madagascar
Fawzia Zainal
Fawzia Zainal Bahrain
Edite Estrela
Edite Estrela Portugal
Hanafy Ali El Gebali
Hanafy Ali El Gebali Egypt
Fernand Etgen
Fernand Etgen Luxembourg
Mustafa Sentop
Mustafa Sentop Turkey
Talat Xhaferi
Talat Xhaferi North Macedonia
Igor Zorčič
Igor Zorčič Slovenia
Fernando Dias dos Santos
Fernando Dias dos Santos Angola
Talant Mamytov
Talant Mamytov Kyrgyzstan
Seán Ó Fearghaíl
Seán Ó Fearghaíl Ireland
Stephanie D'Hose
Stephanie D'Hose Belgium
Duarte Pacheco - President of the IPU
Duarte Pacheco - President of the IPU Portugal
Martin Chungong - Secretary-General of the IPU
Martin Chungong - Secretary-General of the IPU Cameroon
Ravza Kavacki Kan
Ravza Kavacki Kan Turkey
Mmatlala Boroto
Mmatlala Boroto South Africa
Josefina Diakite
Josefina Diakite Angola
Antonia Da Conceicao
Antonia Da Conceicao East Timor
Nevena Đurić
Nevena Đurić Serbia
Luis Roberto Da Silva
Luis Roberto Da Silva East Timor
Nancy Odonga Acora
Nancy Odonga Acora Uganda
Mergane Adji Diarra Kanouté
Mergane Adji Diarra Kanouté Senegal
Hasan Kareem Al-Chaabawi
Hasan Kareem Al-Chaabawi Iraq
Fathi Ayadi
Fathi Ayadi Tunisia
Eddie Serge Fernand
Eddie Serge Fernand Madagascar
Puteri Anetta Komarudin
Puteri Anetta Komarudin Indonesia
Oumoul Koultchoumi Ahidjo
Oumoul Koultchoumi Ahidjo Cameroon
Patrick Kemper
Patrick Kemper Paraguay
Dona Léon Aden Houessou
Dona Léon Aden Houessou Benin
Eche Wanji
Eche Wanji South Sudan
Jamal Fakhro
Jamal Fakhro Bahrain
Esther Anyakun
Esther Anyakun Uganda
Hortense Martins
Hortense Martins Portugal
Dominique Ephrem Yandocka
Dominique Ephrem Yandocka Central African Republic
Ravin Soerdjbale
Ravin Soerdjbale Suriname
Salman Abdulnabi
Salman Abdulnabi Bahrain
Epiphane Honfo
Epiphane Honfo Benin
Issara Sereewatthanawut
Issara Sereewatthanawut Thailand
Aigul Kuspan
Aigul Kuspan Kazakhstan
Mariama Baba Moussa
Mariama Baba Moussa Benin
Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes
Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes East Timor
Patrick Nsanja
Patrick Nsanja Uganda
Francisco Dionisio Fernandes
Francisco Dionisio Fernandes East Timor
Zainab Popoola
Zainab Popoola Nigeria
Mohamed Fatih Toprak
Mohamed Fatih Toprak Turkey
Hamidou Traore
Hamidou Traore Mali
Wilma Andrade Muños
Wilma Andrade Muños Ecuador
Samuel Nzoungou
Samuel Nzoungou Central African Republic
Roberta Metsola
Roberta Metsola Malta
Oussama Khlifi
Oussama Khlifi Tunisia
Abdelwahed Radi
Abdelwahed Radi Morocco
Lesia Vasylenko
Lesia Vasylenko Ukraine
Aida Ayoub
Aida Ayoub Egypt
Alejandro Hernández López
Alejandro Hernández López Costa Rica
Małgorzata Prokop-Paczkowska
Małgorzata Prokop-Paczkowska Poland
Adegbe Joe Haruna
Adegbe Joe Haruna Nigeria
Karen Ellemann
Karen Ellemann Denmark
Justin Ho Guo Shun
Justin Ho Guo Shun Philippines
Djuna Bernard
Djuna Bernard Luxembourg
ADÉRITO HUGO DA COSTA
ADÉRITO HUGO DA COSTA East Timor
Margaret Girma Lukurnyang Lado
Margaret Girma Lukurnyang Lado South Sudan
Jin Tanaka
Jin Tanaka Japan
Elvina Carvalho
Elvina Carvalho Brazil
Bol Joseph Agau Adhil
Bol Joseph Agau Adhil South Sudan
Amanda Simard
Amanda Simard Canada
Branislav Rajic
Branislav Rajic Slovenia
Hellen Ngaidok Lukurnyang
Hellen Ngaidok Lukurnyang South Sudan
Louisa Wall
Louisa Wall New Zealand
Kristina Michaud
Kristina Michaud Canada
Dyah Roro Esti Widya Putri
Dyah Roro Esti Widya Putri Indonesia
Nagif Hamzayev
Nagif Hamzayev Azerbaijan
Ulrich Lechte
Ulrich Lechte Germany
Linur Erdan
Linur Erdan Israel
Dakoa Newman
Dakoa Newman Ghana
Yousef Alfakhri
Yousef Alfakhri Libya
Marius Matijosaitis
Marius Matijosaitis Lithuania
Amadou Maiga
Amadou Maiga Mali
Subhasnee Luchmun Roy
Subhasnee Luchmun Roy Mauritius
Jean Francisco Francois
Jean Francisco Francois Mauritius
Cynthia Lopez Castro
Cynthia Lopez Castro Mexico
Simon Karu
Simon Karu Nigeria
Lorenzo Bugli
Lorenzo Bugli San Marino
Sara Conti
Sara Conti San Marino
Andrej Cernigoj
Andrej Cernigoj Slovenia
Nik Prebil
Nik Prebil Slovenia
Amal Saidi
Amal Saidi Tunisia
Richard Thomson
Richard Thomson United Kingdom
Vincent Tsvangirai
Vincent Tsvangirai Zimbabwe
Merja Kyllönen
Merja Kyllönen Finland
Sherod Duncan
Sherod Duncan Guyana
Kennedy Kalonzo
Kennedy Kalonzo Kenya
Sara Falaknaz
Sara Falaknaz United Arab Emirates
Ovidio Peralta Suárez
Ovidio Peralta Suárez Mexico
Radu Marian
Radu Marian Moldova
Aung Oo
Aung Oo Myanmar
Michael Faustino Dy
Michael Faustino Dy Philippines
Hon. Audrey Vidot
Hon. Audrey Vidot Seychelles
Vincent Kodzo AmeganviI
Vincent Kodzo AmeganviI Togo
Hon. Tatenda Annastacia Mavetera
Hon. Tatenda Annastacia Mavetera Zimbabwe
Mahamoud Moustapha Daher
Mahamoud Moustapha Daher Djibouti
Ahmed Alaamer
Ahmed Alaamer Bahrain
Emma Theofelus
Emma Theofelus Namibia
Peter Oladeji
Peter Oladeji Nigeria
Saed Abdi Hussein
Saed Abdi Hussein Somalia
Abdullo Aslonov
Abdullo Aslonov Uzbekistan
Dinh Cong Sy
Dinh Cong Sy Vietnam
Mohsen Fathi
Mohsen Fathi Iran
Tony Matinjah
Tony Matinjah Nigeria
Marina Shkrob
Marina Shkrob Belarus
Maseikov Aleksandr Maseikov
Maseikov Aleksandr Maseikov Belarus
Valentina Kursevich
Valentina Kursevich Belarus
Igor Zavalei
Igor Zavalei Belarus
Igor Tavtyn
Igor Tavtyn Belarus
Lyudmila Makarina Kibak
Lyudmila Makarina Kibak Belarus
Pavel Mikhalyuk
Pavel Mikhalyuk Belarus
Svetlana Odintsova
Svetlana Odintsova Belarus
Vladimir Gatsko
Vladimir Gatsko Belarus
Oyé Beavogui
Oyé Beavogui Guinea
Dagmar Lipper
Dagmar Lipper Germany
Olusegun C. A. Taiwo
Olusegun C. A. Taiwo Nigeria
Abdulsalam Mubarak
Abdulsalam Mubarak Nigeria
Maryam Oyesomi
Maryam Oyesomi Nigeria
Stanley Ushi
Stanley Ushi Nigeria
Ali Al Aradi
Ali Al Aradi Bahrain
Hala Fayez
Hala Fayez Bahrain
Juan Graham
Juan Graham Mexico
Akande Yusuf
Akande Yusuf Nigeria
Juliet Sebastine
Juliet Sebastine Nigeria
Muhammad Alfa Muhammad
Muhammad Alfa Muhammad Nigeria
Hon. Musa Sani
Hon. Musa Sani Nigeria
Timothy Wali
Timothy Wali Nigeria
Hon Lorraine Nxumalo
Hon Lorraine Nxumalo Eswatini
Oluwadamilola Gafar
Oluwadamilola Gafar Nigeria
Aleksandr Shipulo
Aleksandr Shipulo Belarus
Emmanuel Mvunabo
Emmanuel Mvunabo Rwanda
Sven Spengemann
Sven Spengemann Canada
Monika Zajkova
Monika Zajkova North Macedonia
Abdulmalik Shaibu
Abdulmalik Shaibu Nigeria
Amanza Walton Desir
Amanza Walton Desir Guyana
Hon. Kelly Samynadin
Hon. Kelly Samynadin Seychelles
Joanah Mamombe
Joanah Mamombe Zimbabwe
Karim Abdel Razik
Karim Abdel Razik Egypt
Kilamba Kiuyima Van-Dúnem
Kilamba Kiuyima Van-Dúnem Angola
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith Canada
Saber Chowdhury
Saber Chowdhury Bangladesh
Sahar Albazar
Sahar Albazar Egypt
Sarah Elago
Sarah Elago Philippines
Sathyanarayanan Naidu
Sathyanarayanan Naidu Seychelles
Vytautas Gapšys
Vytautas Gapšys Lithuania
Elvina Sousa Carvalho
Elvina Sousa Carvalho East Timor
Abel Pires da Silva
Abel Pires da Silva East Timor
Mark Devon MAitim
Mark Devon MAitim Philippines

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape our societies

With future generations destined to live with the political choices made now, it is only right that they have a seat at the decision-making table. Yet young people are underrepresented in parliaments all across the world.

The IPU asks you to take action to increase the number of young parliamentarians by joining our campaign 'I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament!'.

Why is youth participation so important?

We cannot solve the problems the world faces if the part of the population that is most directly impacted by them is not part of the decision-making process.

Too many countries have barriers that make young men and women feel excluded from politics, but young people have the right to be included in political decision-making.

Their perspectives, ideas, talents and energy are vital to addressing many of the biggest challenges facing the international community.

Now is the time to ensure that parliaments welcome the younger generation.

What can you do?

Parliamentarians lead the drive for truly representative democracy.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union wants you to “Say Yes” to youth participation in parliament and join a network of MPs and other changemakers of all ages advocating for youth representation.

Join the campaign, share your pledges on social media and show you are ready to stand up for youth participation.

Fewer than 1 in 6 Parliaments has a caucus for young MPs.

Individuals aged 20-39 make up 38.6% of the worlds population.
Yet only 17.5% of MPs are under 40.
 

37%
of chambers of parliament have
NO MPS under 30.

Want to run the I Say Yes! campaign in your parliament?

Download our toolkit to get all resources you need to run your own campaign and encourage youth participation.

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