Ahrens and Miller discuss best practices for realizing gender-sensitive parliaments

On 31 March 2022, Dr Petra Ahrens (Tampere University) and Dr Cherry Miller (Tampere University) were invited to speak at an expert meeting for International Stakeholders and Academia, organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Petra Ahrens discussed EUGenDem research on gender mainstreaming in the European Parliament. This is a prelude to her Academy of Finland-funded project: ‘On the road to gender-sensitive parliaments? Gender Equality and Democratic Practices in the Finnish, German and Polish Parliament Compared (GSParls)’. Meanwhile, Cherry Miller discussed the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme in the UK House of Commons in relation to findings from her recently published book: Gendering the Everyday in the UK House of Commons: Beneath the Spectacle (2021, Palgrave Macmillan).

Other participants included Professor Sarah Childs (University of Edinburgh) who presented on the role of the feminist academic critical actor for instigating and initiating change and Dr Josefina Erikson (Uppsala University) who presented on what insights from Sweden can tell us about how parliaments can achieve sustainable gender equality work. A link to the agenda and concept note from the event can be found here.

The event was preceded by a launch where Dr Sonia Palmieri introduced a new guide: Realizing Gender Equality in Parliament: A Guide for Parliaments in the OSCE Region.