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Elected MPS wave to protesters

IPU reports sharp increase in abuse against parliamentarians, driven largely by Myanmar

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is monitoring a record 601 cases of alleged violations against parliamentarians around the world. This represents a significant uptick compared to 552 cases in December 2020. The caseload includes many new
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Women in Politics 2021

Women in politics: new data shows growth but also setbacks

Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU-UN Women Map of Women in Politics. The IPU-UN Women Map presents new data for
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New Zealand elections 2020

Proportion of women MPs inches up but gender parity still far off

View the monthly ranking of women in national parliaments Following elections in 2020, the global proportion of women in parliament reached a record 25.5 per cent, representing an increase of 0.6 points compared with 2019, according to the IPU’s latest
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social media

IPU publishes new social media guide book for parliaments

To provide guidance in what can sometimes be a challenging and even dangerous space, the IPU has published a new Social Media Guide for Parliaments and Parliamentarians. The guide is designed as a practical tool on how to use social
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Mynamar

IPU leadership meets with Myanmar parliamentarians

IPU President, Mr. Duarte Pacheco and IPU Secretary General, Mr. Martin Chungong met today a group of Myanmar parliamentarians elected in the general election of November 2020 but prevented from taking their seats in the new parliament following the military
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Pacheo in India

IPU President visits India

In one of his first trips abroad as IPU President, Duarte Pacheco visited India in the week of 15 March 2021. During the visit, he met with the leaders of both houses of Parliament, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
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Call to Action

Call to Action- On young women’s political participation and leadership

Following a virtual event on 18 November 2020, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth published today a call to action on young women’s participation in politics. The call to action identifies three
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Ms. Seham Sergiwa

IPU Human Rights Committee urges end to impunity for murdered, tortured and kidnapped MPs

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has renewed its calls to national authorities to bring to account those involved in the past abuse of members of parliament, including murder. Although some of the cases are more than
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Mali 2020

Joint Call by IPU and CEDAW Committee on International Women's Day 2021

View the monthly ranking of women in national parliaments Our shared commitments Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Member States have recognized the equal right of women and men to participate in public
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Myanmar soldiers

IPU human rights committee calls for respect for Myanmar MPs’ fundamental freedoms

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CHRP) is very concerned about the situation of several Members of the Myanmar Parliament who are under house arrest or whose movements are being severely curtailed. The IPU strongly condemned the
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Myanmar

IPU Statement on Myanmar

The IPU strongly condemns the military coup in Myanmar on the day the new Parliament (the Hluttaw) was due to reopen. We call for the immediate release of those detained unlawfully and for respect of democratic institutions. Any disputes over
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health

IPU calls for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

The IPU and the parliamentary community call on governments to give fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination through support for COVAX, the only global mechanism to distribute vaccines equitably across the world. The positive news of the roll-out of
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Voices
Cynthia Lopez

A conversation with...Cynthia López Castro, MP, Mexico

As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Cynthia López Castro, Member of the IPU
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Pacheco

Statement by IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, on International Women's Day 2021

The IPU has been promoting gender equality for decades ever since the first woman parliamentarian took the floor at an IPU parliamentary event in 1922. On 8 March, 2021, International Women's Day, listen to IPU President, Mr. Duarte Pacheco, speak
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Beatriz Arigmòn

A conversation with...Beatriz Argimòn, MP, Uruguay

As part of a new IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Beatriz Argimòn, President of the General
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McGuinty

Presenting human rights work of IPU to Canadian parliamentarians.

In this extract of a virtual meeting from 2 February 2021, Hon. David McGuinty, Member of the Canadian House of Commons, and Hon. David Carter, former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, present the work of the IPU
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