A new study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has found major steps forward in how the world’s parliaments are using information and communications technologies (ICT) to engage with citizens.
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ICT can have a transformative effect in making parliaments more transparent and accessible - The World e-Parliament Report 2016
Parliamentarians can keep a close eye on the extractive industries sector by asking parliamentary questions, organising committee hearings and public consultations, appealing to freedom of information laws, and submitting policy recommendations.
Scotland’s track record on LGBT in education presents some sobering statistics. Recent reports indicate that 54% of LGBTI pupils do not feel part of their school communities, with 71% regularly skipping school. 54% of those who experience direct homophobic bullying are self-harming and a shocking 26% of them have attempted suicide.
Invitation to Participate in e-Discussion on Eliminating Discriminatory Laws, and Closing Gender Gaps
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue to face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in decision-making and society at large.
We tend not to worry when things are going well.
If people can take care of their daily business and send their kids to school without fear of violence, resolve disputes through a functioning justice system when the need arises, express their views both in private discussions and in public processes, feel they can truly contribute to decisions that affect their lives, and know effective institutions are in place to deliver basic services to their families and communities without interruption or the need for bribes, chances are they will be broadly content with the way their society is managed.
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