Every country in the world has some form of parliament. Parliamentary systems fall into two categories: bicameral and unicameral. Out of 193 countries in the world, 79 are bicameral and 113 are unicameral, making a total of 272 chambers of parliament with over 46,000 members of parliament. IPU membership is made up of 179 national parliaments. Discover the world's national
The IPU has been collecting data on parliaments since its inception in 1889, including information on women’s participation in politics since 1945. In this section, discover the IPU's knowledge bank for and about parliaments.
The Tunisian Assembly of People's Representatives has established a comprehensive digital platform dedicated to engaging civil society and promoting participatory democracy in lawmaking and oversight. The platform allows interaction between civil society and elected representatives through five online spaces.
First, there is a space for social media exchange for direct interaction with MPs. For lawmaking there are two spaces – one for submitting online proposals and opinions on draft laws currently in progress, and another for submitting proposals that can be adopted and transformed by a group of (minimum 10) MPs into legislative initiatives. There is a fourth space where civil society can submit proposals for inquiries to be adopted and presented by MPs as oral or written questions to the Executive as part of their oversight role. Finally, there is a fifth space for showcasing civil society programmes and activity.