Project profile — Gender Equality in Politics


Inter-Parliamentary Union
2021-03-31 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

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) (15.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
Elections (15151) (15.00%)
Legislatures and political parties (15152) (10.00%)
Human rights (15160) (25.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant 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)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to increase women’s political empowerment and strengthen Parliaments’ actions in selected countries in support of poor and marginalized groups. The six targeted parliaments are Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. This project responds to the department’s core responsibilities and priorities, particularly in the Inclusive Governance Action Area of the Feminist International Assistance Policy. Building more equal and representative parliaments for all sectors of a population contributes to poverty reduction by giving a voice to women. This also opens parliaments to civil society, promotes outreach and dialogue with the most vulnerable, and strengthens the skills, capacity, and authority of parliaments and their members. Project activities include: (1) supporting parliaments to improve their capacity to address women’s rights and become more gender-sensitive; (2) facilitating women's access to parliaments by building their skills and technical capacity; (3) developing training workshops and knowledge products that reflect women's interests, needs, and priorities, and that addresses discrimination and violence against women and girls, as well as tackles harmful traditional practices; and (4) supports the compilation of research and data on women in politics. This project expects to benefit women and girls, with men also targeted by some project activities, approximately 500 members of Parliaments (of whom are 250 women) and an additional 250 parliamentary staff will be engaged and targeted by project activities.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) ensuring that Parliaments become gender-sensitive institutions that promote the effective contribution of women parliamentarians; and (2) developed and strengthened legal and policy frameworks that reflect women's interests, needs, and priorities, such as addressing discrimination and violence against women and girls and harmful traditional practices.

Results achieved 


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 Other technical assistance
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