Leonard Hitimana vanished without trace in April 2003. Despite repeated IPU calls, a thorough investigation by Rwandan authorities into the MP’s disappearance has yet to take place.
Eritrean MP Petros Solomon has been held incommunicado without trial since 2001, one of a group of 11 seized after criticizing the country’s president, Isaias Afwerki.
Yemeni independent MP and newspaper proprietor Ahmed Saif Hashed has been viciously attacked, threatened and had his right to freedom of expression violated since being elected to parliament in 2003.
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
Germina Shitaleni grew up immersed in politics, in a family that supported the pro-independence group SWAPO long before Namibia gained its freedom from South Africa in 1990. She became the first woman to represent her region in the upper house of parliament.
Bolivian MP Agripina Ramírez was inspired by childhood injustices to fight for change for indigenous and rural communities.
Albanian MP Arta Dade is committed to increasing the number of women in parliament, and working together to tackle organized crime and corruption. She is a former minister of foreign affairs and culture, youth and sports.
Safia Al-Suhail lost her father to political violence in 1994, but has taken his legacy forward by fighting for equal rights for men and women in modern Iraq. Much of her work is focused on human rights.