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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! 

Speakers of parliament 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
Hanafy Ali El Gebali
Hanafy Ali El Gebali Egypt
Fernand Etgen
Fernand Etgen Luxembourg
Mustafa Sentop
Mustafa Sentop Türkiye
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
Alen Simonyan
Alen Simonyan Armenia
Eliane Tillieux
Eliane Tillieux Belgium
Nelly Mutti
Nelly Mutti Zambia
Kakha Kuchava
Kakha Kuchava Georgia
Emmanuel Sinzohagera
Emmanuel Sinzohagera Burundi
Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes
Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes East Timor
Diego Paulsen
Diego Paulsen Chile
Mohamed Nasheed
Mohamed Nasheed Maldives

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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