Month: March 2015

Female leadership and participation not only conveys key information about women and girls and their ability to make choices about their lives and act on them. They also positively correlate with more inclusive governance and better economic outcomes. Where women in elected offices have reached critical mass, they have often passed laws and authorized spending […]

At the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, in February 2015, leaders of the world joined the Call for Action to step it up for gender equality. The Call to Action, initiated by UN Women and the Chilean Government, under the auspices of Michelle Bachelet, […]

Attending Women in Parliaments summit in Addis Ababa… Regular readers of my blog will be aware that the empowerment of women is something that I feel particularly strong about – both as a Commissioner, and more importantly, as a human being. I’m therefore stunned when I read statistics that only one in five Parliamentarians across […]

African female members of Parliament see political will, financing and enhancing education opportunities as some of the ways to increase the participation of women in the political sphere. With more than 15 elections expected to take place on the continent this year, the African Union Commission in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), […]

The WIP Summit 2015 of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) commenced today at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Form today until Wednesday, more than 400 female Parliaments coming from more than 100 countries are gathering to discuss innovative policies to address the major global challenges that our world faces today. […]

More than 400 female members of Parliaments and Governments will participate in the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) Summit 2015, from 23 to 25 March, at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The WIP Summit 2015 “New Leadership for Global Challenges” will focus on new leadership and innovative policies to address the […]

“New Leadership for Global Challenges” is the theme of the WIP Summit 2015, co-hosted by the African Union and co-financed by the European Commission. It focuses on new leadership for change; on the need for variety of different leaders, men and women, that are willing to work together, and share insights and innovations on how […]

On 9 March, the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP), in partnership with the Government of Nigeria, the United Nations Millennium Campaign and the Pan-African Parliament, co-hosted the Session “The Role of Women Parliamentarians in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Lessons from the MDGs”. This interesting meeting was held in the framework of the […]

On International Women’s Day (8 March), WIP is joining the global campaign “make it happen” by sharing testimonials from female Parliamentarians through the project “Women in Parliaments make it happen“. Female leaders are changing politics and societies all around the world. Take a look at the WIP campaign for the International Women’s Day “Women in Parliaments make it happen! — […]

On 2-3 March, WIP joined the Conference of Women Parliamentarians from South East Europe (SEE) “Equal and Empowered – Stronger together”, at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The Conference gathered Members of Parliament, representatives of the executive branch of power, international organisations and independent experts. The meeting recognised the importance and benefits of […]