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In 2020, world “cannot afford” so few women in power

Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a sluggish pace according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU‑UN Women map of Women in Politics . The data’s publication coincides with the 25-year review
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Feminism is equality

25 years after Beijing, IPU analysis shows that gender parity is possible

A quarter of a century after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the overall percentage of women in parliaments has reached 24.9 per cent in 2020, up from 11.3 per cent in 1995. In four countries
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New evidence of human rights violations against MPs

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has released new evidence of human rights violations against 509 parliamentarians from 39 countries, a significant increase compared with the 468 cases that were recorded in October 2019. Most of the
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Jean Wyllys

IPU figures reveal most human rights violations against parliamentarians are State-sponsored

In the lead-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has announced its yearly figures of alleged human rights violations against members of parliament in 2019. The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, a unique mechanism
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IPU supporting parliaments during pandemic

During the COVID-19 global health emergency, Parliaments have a vital role to play in supporting national efforts to stem the pandemic and in mobilizing the resources to implement the health measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). They are
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Video: Women, peace and security

Watch the second in our short video series for parliamentarians on UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 to celebrate Women’s History Month. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
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Video: Five things you can do to improve gender equality in leadership

Watch the first in a series of short videos on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first video on SDG 5 "Gender Equality" looks at how you can take concrete actions to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal
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Parliaments for peace: IPU seminar in Myanmar

A strong and representative parliament can make all the difference in building peace and fostering reconciliation in post-conflict situations. As part of its long-standing work in strengthening the Myanmar Parliament (the Hluttaw), the IPU and the parliament organized a three-day
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italian solidarity

IPU calls on Members to support COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The IPU stands in solidarity with its Member Parliaments, partners and friends in the face of the coronavirus health emergency. We wish all those affected personally a speedy recovery and much strength in the coming weeks. The IPU also expresses
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IPU work continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPU will be working differently over the next few weeks to protect the health of our staff and in the interests of social responsibility to prevent the further spread of the virus through
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Cancellation of the April IPU Assembly

The IPU Assembly and related meetings, due to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 16-20 April has been cancelled. This decision has been taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and follows a careful risk assessment based on information provided
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Cuevas and Sassoli

Statement from the Presidents of the IPU and the EP on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we, as presidents of our respective institutions, reaffirm our commitment to take urgent action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Moreover, we strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and
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Interview

Video: Women in politics in 2020

The new Women in Politics map from the IPU and UN Women shows that women continue to be underrepresented across all levels of power. Watch the interview with Gabriela Cuevas, President of the IPU and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of
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Chungong

COVID-19: What does it mean for gender?

Opinion Piece by the Secretariat of the International Gender Champions (IGC) and Martin Chungong , Chair of the IGC Global Board and Secretary General of the IPU. In times of crisis, gender equality is a goal that is often temporarily
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Nam In-soon

Three questions for Nam In-soon, MP, Republic of Korea

Voices is part of an IPU web series in which we interview parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s position. Nam In-soon is a member of
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Tundu Lissu

Interview with Tundu Lissu, opposition leader, Tanzania

Voices is part of an IPU web series in which we interview parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s position. Tundu Lissu, a former opposition MP
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