More than quotas needed to keep number of women MPs rising: IPU

March 5, 2015 5:15 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The proportion of women MPs in parliaments around the world has doubled in the past 20 years, but a "significant brake" in progress in 2014 means new ways of increasing their number must be found, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said.

Women's average representation in parliament increased to 22.1 percent last year from 11.3 percent in 1995, when the Beijing Platform for Action on women's empowerment was adopted.

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