Author: WIP Office

The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is organising its 3-day “Summer Summit 2014” in Rwanda from 1 to 3 July 2014. The event will be held in cooperation with the Parliament of Rwanda, which for the first time in its history will open its plenary for a conference of a group of female Parliamentarians […]

On Friday 21 March 2014, WIP will be hosting a special session on “The Growing Role of Women in Parliaments in Africa”, in the framework of the Crans Montana African Women’s Forum at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels, Belgium.  Participants at the Panel Discussion are: Chair: Ms Silvana Koch-Mehrin, MEP and Founder of the […]

The Women in Politics Map 2014 launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that while progress on women’s political participation continues to be largely positive across the world, glass ceilings remain firmly in place for women at the highest levels. The Map, which presents the latest data on women in executive […]

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) begins today in the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This annual gathering will be held until the 21 March with the purpose of addressing key issues related to women’s rights and gender equality. This year’s focus is the “Challenges and achievements in […]

On International Women’s Day 2014, Female Parliamentarians from all continents are sharing words of inspiration through the WIP project “Women in Parliaments, Inspiring change“. We believe that female political leaders are a great example for the next generations and therefore we are promoting their contributions to our society with this campaign. We want to give […]

Brussels, 8 March 2014 Many years ago, generations of women, inspired by Suffragettes such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Susan B. Anthony and Kate Richard first fought to bring the voices of women to Parliaments. They spread the voices of women through the world, to institutions, to businesses, to culture, to science, to the many vital components […]

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was the first woman to hold the position of Prime Minister of Iceland (2009 – 2013), the leading country in gender equality. During her tenure, the government pushed gender equality to the top of the political agenda, with initiatives such as gender budgeting and a nation-wide ban on strip clubs. Now honourable member […]

The Parliament of Rwanda has the highest number of female members (63.8%) in the world. But what is the impact of women in such decision-making positions? The “Summer Summit 2014” of the Women in Parliament’s Global Forum (WIP) will be hosted by the Parliament of Rwanda from. 20 years after the Tutsi Genocide, the WIP […]

The Costa Rican economist Rebecca Grynspan was elected on Monday as the new Secretary General of the Ibero-American Secretariat. She will take over the post on the 28th of March. Grynspan was Costa Rica’s Vice President from 1994-1998 and is currently Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She will now lead the Ibero-American […]

On International Women’s Day (8th March), the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) would like to share as many experiences as possible from female Parliamentarians through the project “Women in Parliaments, Inspiring change.” We believe that female political leaders are a great example for the next generations. Therefore we are preparing personal postcards to distribute […]

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014—A new report by the World Bank Group stresses the need for bold, coordinated actions to advance equal opportunities for women in the world of work, such as addressing gender biases early, expanding women’s access to property and finance, and raising legal retirement ages—with major payoffs in tackling poverty. By virtually every […]

We would like to draw your attention to a conference of the Crans Montana Forum (, a Swiss managed Organization, which will be launching the “Crans Montana African Women’s Forum” on 21 and 22 March 2014 at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels, Belgium.  The Crans Montana Forum, on this very occasion will celebrate its 30th anniversary. […]

Wikigender, the EU-LAC Foundation, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the UN Foundation, Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC), ECLAC and PARIS21 are organising during this week an online discussion about data gaps on the political participation of women. Click here if you want to participate in this interesting e-discussion! The main questions driving the […]

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 […]