Month: January 2014

The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is organising a Study Trip to Iceland, the world’s global leader in gender equality, from 3 to 4 April. The event will be held in cooperation with the Parliament of Iceland, which for the first time in its history will open its plenary for a conference of an […]

Zita Gurmai, Silvana Koch-Mehrin with the Korean Minister, Yoonsun Cho

Yoonsun Cho, Minister of Gender Equality and Family of Korea, presented yesterday at the European Parliament the film “Comfort women”, an animation movie that explains the terrible story of the organised violence against women perpetrated by the Japanese army during the Second World War. The Korean Government has raised this issue at the UN General […]

The Women’s Forum Brussels is organising a special half-day meeting tomorrow in the European Parliament with MEPs and top opinion-shapers from corporations and civil society. The conference, which will gather some 150 participants, will focus on generating more input from women on key topics including drivers for growth, fixing the leaky leadership pipeline and boosting […]

Catherine Samba-Panza was elected new interim president of the Central African Republic on Monday. She is the first woman to hold this post, and will have the responsibility to bring peace to a nation devastated for a long civil war and lead the country to national elections, most likely next year. With this new appointment, […]

Want to know more about how women MPs are organizing themselves in parliaments around the world? IPU has launched a new global database on women’s caucuses in parliament to capture such information in one useful place. The database is a unique tool that provides a global, regional and national perspective on how women MPs have […]

Recently, women leaders from around the world gathered in Brussels to participate in the inaugural Women in Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum. I was honored to join them. Some 120 years after women in New Zealand became the first in the world to be given the ‎right to vote, this group of Nobel Prize winners, heads […]

2014 will be a crucial year in terms of changes in women’s representation in Parliaments. 40% of the population will vote during the next 365 days around the globe. But will we finally achieve a better gender-balanced representation? As it is one aim of the mission of WIP to see more women in Parliaments, we […]

>Tunisia National Assembly has approved with a large majority of votes an article in the draft Constitution that would guarantee gender equality in the country. The new Constitution should be adopted next week. The new Article 20 states: “All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law […]