Press Conference: Where are the women in politics?

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014

WHAT: Launch of Women in Politics Map, by IPU and UN Women
WHEN: 11 March, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Venue: S-0237, United Nations, New York

Speakers: Mr. Anders B. Johnsson, Secretary-General, IPU and Mr. John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women.
Moderator: Hon. Paddy Torsney, IPU Permanent Observer to the UN

BACKGROUND: The proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments is one of the key indicators measuring progress on gender equality in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As the MDGs draw to an end, the IPU-UN Women Global Map provides a snapshot on where women stand in politics globally.

With new data and regional and country trends, the map showcases progress that has been made and the gaps that remain in the proportion of women Members of Parliament, women ministers and women Heads of State and Government. The global average of women in parliament has reached an unprecedented high of 21.8 per cent. Strong political will and adoption of specific measures is needed to break the deadlock on women’s political participation.

UN press accreditation:

Media Contacts:

IPU, Alessandro Motter, in New York Tel: +1 212 557 5880, Email: am[at], or
IPU, Jemini Pandya, in Geneva, Tel: + 41 79 217 337, E-mail: jep[at]
UN Women, Oisika Chakrabarti, Tel: +1 646 781 4522, E-mail: oisika.chakrabarti[at]