Gender parity in parliament possible within 20 years

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Women MPs in the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe and members of civil society gathered on 4 September 2013 to honour female candidates who participated in the 2013 elections. Photo: UN Women/Patricia A. Made

Equal representation of men and women in parliament within 20 years is possible, according to the global organization of parliamentarians.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Tuesday released its annual analysis of statistics and trends on women in parliament.

IPU Secretary-General Anders Johnsson told reporters in Geneva that in 2012 there was an increase in the percentage rate of women getting into parliament, after years of minimal growth.

Last year, he added, there was a doubling of that rate.

"We actually saw 1.5 percentage increase globally in parliaments as a result of elections that took place in 2013. That doesn't sound like a lot but if you consider that we are now at almost 22 per cent of women in parliaments, if we were to continue with this rate of increase of 1.5 it means that within 20 years we should be able to reach globally gender parity in parliament." (27")

The IPU's Women in Parliament: The year in review has been released ahead of International Women's Day observed on 8 March each year.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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