How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way parliaments work? Which parliaments continue to sit? How are they helping implement the emergency health measures recommended by the World Health Organization? The Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) lists some of the measures being taken around the world, with the objective of sharing parliamentary practice and facilitate inter-parliamentary communication.
The IPU collects data on women in politics since the 1970s, when the issue of women’s participation in decision-making was barely considered. The research provides statistics on progress and remaining challenges. The extensive database on women in politics ranks women in national parliaments and regional parliamentary assemblies. It provides comparative data by country and region.
International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.