Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a passionate young MP from Afghanistan—one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a female politician. She was elected to parliament in 2010 and became President of IPU’s Committee on Democracy and Human Rights in 2014.
Dr Nada Ibrahim is a member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives for the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, a Sunni party. First elected in December 2005 under the newly adopted Iraqi constitution, she is now serving her second term as an MP.
Former world-class Mexican athlete Ana Gabriela Guevara is now a Senator. She works for social justice and considers it an honour to have entered politics.
Former Jordanian Senator Amina Zouabi finds grounds for optimism in the opportunities being given to women in her country—although traditional views persist.
Gabriela Rivadeneira became the youngest Speaker of Parliament in Latin America not long after being elected to parliament for the first time.
Palestinian MP Sahar Qawasmy is a member of Fatah who was elected to parliament in 2006 and the first female provincial secretary. She has fought hard to end discrimination against women—arguing against whose who try to justify inequ
Safiatou Traoré’s passion to improve the lives of women and young people in Mali was the driving force behind her entry into politics.
Moroccan MP Nabila Benomar believes education is the key to changing discrimination against women—and says that despite the king’s strong support for women, much remains to be done in wider society. She encourages other women to enter politics despite the struggles they may face. This is an edited version of an iKNOW politics interview conducted on 5 March 2013.
Chilean MP Roberto León is committed to closing the gap between rich and poor. His political interest was sparked as a schoolboy growing up under dictatorship, and he now works for change both at home and across Latin America.
Margaret Mensah-Williams still remembers the shock she felt as a child at seeing men with numbers around their necks, during the apartheid era in Namibia. Spurred into political action, she later made history, becoming the country's first wom