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Beyond numbers: the participation of indigenous peoples in parliament

How can the issue of political participation of indigenous peoples be addressed if there is no information on how many indigenous people are formally involved in politics? This IPU survey has found that there are a minimum of 987 indigenous MPs in the world out of more than 44,000 parliamentarians. Eighty per cent of them are men. The survey has found, however, that political representation is not enough. Indigenous MPs’ involvement in parliamentary bodies with decision-making powers is critical.

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