Indicator: 5.2 Inclusive institutional practices

This indicator concerns the inclusiveness of parliament in terms of its institutional practices. It recognizes that, if parliament is to be effective in representing the community and holding the executive to account on behalf of citizens, it must itself be inclusive as an institution.

The indicator covers the diversity of the parliamentary workforce. It specifically addresses issues of gender balance in the composition of the parliamentary administration, including key personnel. The ability of parliament to make its work inclusive for a diverse community, particularly where there are multiple official languages spoken, is also important for the inclusiveness of the parliament.

The indicator recognizes the importance of a positive workplace environment. Parliament Parliament A national body of elected (or sometimes appointed) representatives that makes laws, debates issues and holds the government to account. must ensure the health, safety and well-being of MPs and staff, as well as visitors, In particular, parliament is expected to take action to prevent and combat sexism, harassment and violence against MPs and staff, especially gender-based violence. 

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