UN / WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

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The President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today called for global action to bring more women into parliaments through electoral quotas. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

14 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU):
“The proportion of women in parliament has stagnated in global terms, rising by only 0.1 per cent from 23.3 per cent to 23.4 per cent.”
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU):
“This means that if we continue onto that increase of 0.1 per cent, we might need 250 years to have parity in the parliament in other words.”
5. Wide shot, briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU):
“Only one out of five parliament has proper rules and measures about how to deal with cases of harassment, sexism and violence against women MPs.”
7. Wide shot, briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU):
“We call for global action to bring more women into parliaments through electoral quotas and through sharing and building national and regional best practices so that parliaments can be truly represented.”
9. Wide shot, briefing room

STORYLINE:

The President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) called for global action to bring more women into parliaments through electoral quotas.

Speaking to reporters today (14 Mar) in New York, the President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Gabriela Cuevas Barron said that there was hardly any change in the world average number of women in national parliaments over last year.

She said that the proportion of women in parliament has stagnated in global terms, rising by only 0.1 per cent from 23.3 per cent in 2016 to 23.4 per cent in 2017.

Barron explained “this means that if we continue onto that increase of 0.1 per cent, we might need 250 years to have parity in the parliament.”

On sexism, harassment and violence against women, Barron said that only one out of five parliaments has proper rules and measures about how to deal with such cases.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union published a report this year named Women in Parliament in 2017. It highlights that the more women participate as voters, candidates, political party leaders, and electoral administration staff, the more accepted their place in politics becomes.

It says 2017 witnessed positive changes in the cultural and social norms that frame women’s participation in elections all around the world, but much more need to be done.
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