“Young” democracies doing better at women's representation: IPU

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Female politicians at a meeting of women lawmakers from Arab States and members of the European Parliament in November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim (file)

Young democracies are doing better at enhancing women's representation in parliament than the established democracies of Europe, Martin Chungong, the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), has said.

IPU released its flagship report, "Women in Parliament in 2016: The year in review," ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, calling for renewed momentum to ensure women's voices are included in decision-making processes.

Mr Chungong also warned that women are discouraged from engaging in political life because of sexism, misogyny and gender-based violence.

He shared with Basma Baghal more key findings of the report.

Duration: 6’38″

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