Project profile — Gender Equality in Politics


Inter-Parliamentary Union
2016-03-03 - 2018-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (25.00%)
• America, regional (25.00%)
• Asia, regional (25.00%)
• Europe, regional (25.00%)


• Legal and judicial development:
Legal and judicial development (15130) (25.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (25.00%)
Elections (15151) (25.00%)
Human rights (15160) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to increase the political empowerment of women in selected countries in support of poor and marginalized groups. Project activities include: (1) providing support to parliaments to enhance their ability to address women’s rights and become more gender-sensitive; (2) facilitating women's access to parliaments by reinforcing their skills and technical capacities; and (3) supporting the compilation of research and data on women in politics. Beneficiaries are members of the parliament and staff with a specific focus on women parliamentarians.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthening decision-making of women in parliaments; and (2) increased effectiveness of women and men parliamentarians to implement gender sensitive reforms and legislation.

Results achieved 

Results achieved by the Inter-Parliamentary Union through the support of the Government of Canada and other international donors as of the end of the project December 2018 include: (1) a toolkit for evaluating the gender sensitivity of parliaments and plan 0f action to address shortfalls was published in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian), and promoted and distributed; (2) gender self-assessment exercises and training sessions were undertaken in parliaments, including in Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania, leading to raised awareness, and policies and plans to support women’s leadership; (3) the findings of the study on sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians published in 2016 continued to be disseminated to Members of Parliament (MP) and the general public; (4) support was provided to women parliamentarians and women’s parliamentary caucuses to enhance their influence in parliaments; (5) support was provided to the Mauritania caucus of women MPs to promote women’s rights; (6) the Women in Politics 2019 map was updated and produced ( ), and the Report on Women in Parliament 2018 was published (, contributing to better gender data in support of informed decision-making; and (7) data contributions were made to the virtual library and support provided to events for the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKnow Politics) promoting women in politics worldwide.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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