Quality of Life Program: National Cultural Awards culminates support to Saudi culture, intellectuals    KSrelief Supports Early Recovery and Livelihoods Sector as Part of Saudi Arabia's Grant to Support Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2020    KSrelief Continues Distributing Ramadan Food Baskets in Lebanon    King, Crown Prince condoles Turkmen president on death of his father    Presidency to increase capacity of Mataf Courtyard, allocating 4 paths for elderly    India Reports New High of 1,761 Daily COVID-19 Deaths    Russia reports 8,164 new COVID-19 cases, 379 deaths    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs Disbursement of SR 1.9 Billion of Ramadan Aid for Social Insurance Beneficiaries    China administered total of 195.02 mln COVID-19 vaccines as of April 19    Prince Khalid meets with UK PM's envoy to Gulf region    10 million people in UK receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine    Video clip showing expats being assaulted is old: Riyadh Police    US immigration agencies ordered to end use of terms 'alien' and 'assimilation'    US warns against travel to 80% of all countries due to COVID-19 State Department 'strongly recommends' US citizens reconsider any travel aborad    Chairman of Libyan Presidential Council Meets with Algerian Foreign Minister    In Jeel Tamooh's third edition, BCG experts, 100 world-class Saudi students come together    UAE government adopts 'blockchain' technology in authentication services    KSrelief signs two joint agreements to serve needy people in Yemen    Jadwa Investment partners with MHRSD to develop non-profit sector    Oilfields Supply Center's $570m investment in SPARK    SRC Obtains Good Ratings From Moody's, Fitch    National Center for Privatization Hosts Chinese Investors Forum    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 10,097 Points    Saudi Al-Hilal Defeats UAE Shabab Al-Ahli witn AFC Champions League    Saudi Al-Ahli, Qatari Al-Duhail Drew 1-1    Messi fires Barca to dominant Cup final win    Bayern moves closer to title but Flick says he's leaving    IRTI Report Showcases Sustainable Development Goals for IsDB Member States    Bayern move closer to title but Flick says he's leaving    The importance of legal specialization    Indian actor and environmentalist Vivek dies at age of 59    Alert over shortage of new drugs for 'world's most dangerous bacteria'    Helen McCrory, 'Harry Potter' and 'Peaky Blinders' star, dead at 52    New global compact aims to drive down diabetes deaths, boost insulin access    Welcome to beautiful Ramadan customs    Foundation stone laid for Jeddah Formula One circuit    Laying the Foundation Stone for Jeddah Formula One Circuit    King Salman Center for Disability Research Launches 2nd Edition of its Story Collection (Awareness)    Riyadh Light Witnesses Conclusion of External Artworks    Riyadh Light Turned the Capital into Lights' Aura    Colored Triangles Decorate Conference Building, at King Abdullah Financial Center    Vaccination does not invalidate fasting, says UAE Fatwa Council    It is high time to correct wrong concepts about women's status    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Court facilitates young woman's marriage after stripping father's guardianship    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reaches ‘all-time high'
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 06 - 03 - 2021

The proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reached more than 25 percent last year — a historic first but still far from gender parity, UN partner the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) announced on Friday ahead of International Women's Day on March 8.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce that for the first time, women now account for more than a quarter of parliamentarians worldwide," IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong said in launching its latest Women in Parliament report at the UN Office in Geneva. "The global average of women in parliament has now reached 25.5 percent."
Gender parity 50 years away
The IPU, the global organization of national parliaments, has tracked women's participation in parliament for decades, allowing it to measure progress and setbacks.
"While we celebrate and welcome this all-time high, we feel that progress is painstakingly, or even excruciatingly, slow," Chungong said. "At the current rate, it will take another 50 years before we can achieve gender parity in parliament. And of course, we all agree that this is not tenable, it's not acceptable."
Following elections in 2020, the global proportion of women in parliament increased by 0.6 points when compared with the previous year.
The IPU chief singled out Rwanda, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates for having achieved gender parity, with women accounting for 50 percent or more parliamentary seats.
Referring to Rwanda as a role model for women's participation in government, Chungong said, "We have seen evidence that where countries have come out of conflict and have had the opportunity to re-found the foundations of society, the legal framework of society, there is a greater chance of promoting gender equality, because this is something that has been articulated at the international level and it's an opportunity for the society as a whole to sit down and say ‘this is what we want in the constitution'".
Gender quotas key
The IPU advocates for well-designed quotas as the key to progress, as evidenced by elections held in 2020. Electoral gender quotas were applied in 25 of the 57 countries that had parliamentary renewals last year. On average, parliaments with quotas elected nearly 12 percent more women to single and lower chambers, and 7.4 percent more women to upper chambers.
"Where women are involved in lawmaking on specific issues, the outcomes are better in terms of health care, in terms of the way even parliaments are functioning, making parliaments more gender sensitive," said the IPU Secretary-General.
Americas on top
Though progress was reported in all regions, the Americas were again on top in 2020, with women making up 32.4 percent of MPs. In Chile, Colombia and Ecuador, the percentage is higher than average.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, Mali and Niger made significant gains in women's representation, despite security challenges. The IPU said these countries are testament to the fact that women's role in transition processes is key to their political empowerment.
The proportion of women in parliament is lowest in the Middle East and North Africa region, with 17.8 percent on average.
With the exception of New Zealand, the number of women MPs in the Pacific remained consistently low or entirely absent in 2020.
Pandemic postpones elections
The "Women in Parliament" report shows that the COVID-19 pandemic also influenced elections and campaigning last year.
"The COVID pandemic has had a negative impact on elections, in some countries those elections were postponed," Chungong said. "In others, in some 50 countries where elections took place, we saw that women faced all manners of impediments as a result of the pandemic that exacerbated existing gender imbalances in politics".
The IPU said online violence against women has become even more widespread, threatening women's participation in public life. However, the shift to remote, technology-driven parliamentary practices may have a potentially positive long-term impact for women in parliament. — UN News


Clic here to read the story from its source.