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Discussing gender equality in parliaments worldwide

UN Permanent Observer, Paddy Torsney, recently visited with Political Science students in the POLSCI 3V03, Gender and Politics class. In an engaging session, Torsney spoke about the work that the Inter-Parliamentary Union is doing to drive positive democratic change.

Mar 02, 2018

Paddy Torsney, of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), paid a visit to Dr. Karen Bird’s gender and politics course (POLSCI 3V03) to discuss the work that the IPU is doing to increase the share of women in parliaments around the world, and to combat sexual harassment and violence against women parliamentarians. Since 2014, Ms. Torsney has served as the IPU’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, and is based out of New York and Geneva. She also spoke of her experience as a woman in politics, during the 13 years (1993-2006) that she served as MP for the riding of Burlington.

Be sure to check out the IPU's website for more information on their work on gender equality and strong inclusive parliaments. Also see the Women in Politics Map 2017, a project of UN Women and the IPU.