Although women make up more than 50 percent of the population, only 22 percent of all parliamentarians in the world today are women. But over the past decade, active measures have been introduced all over the world, such as capacity building activities for women politicians and electoral gender quotas.

At WiP we study gendered discourses and practices concerning women’s political representation. We analyze nominations and electoral processes, but we also encourage studies of the conditions under which women politicians work in various countries and settings today. Special interest is given to the inclusion of immigrant and minority women in political life.

Our approach is not just to look at women and women’s organizations, but also to focus on the institutional norms and frameworks which create exclusion – or inclusion. We study best practices as well as worst cases!

We co-operate with other scholars world-wide. Our extended network also includes international organizations and NGOs working on the issue of women in politics.