MPs and local leaders are joining forces in a series of meetings to address gender-based violence and women’s rights in Burundi. The two-day consultations are being organized in three different regions with IPU support with the first taking place in Cibitoke on 27 May. They are designed to raise local awareness of national and international legislation in place to safeguard women’s rights, whilst at the same time giving MPs a better understanding of the practical needs of local leaders and citizens in protecting and assisting women...[read more]
The role of parliaments in reducing the impact of disasters on human lives is crucial, said IPU Deputy Secretary-General in a speech to a global policy platform in Geneva this week. Martin Chungong added that it was “critical” that the post-2015 plans for combating natural hazards recognised parliaments as a key partner. Speaking at the Fourth Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, Chungong said parliaments not only translate international commitments and development policies into local legislation but also allocate funding through the national budget. Furthermore, a fully representative and transparent parliament is the only institution that can hold government to account to ensure the most effective response to disasters. ...[read more]
The election of Gabriela Rivadeneira as Ecuador’s first woman speaker of parliament in mid-May comes hard on the heels of another such first. Earlier in the month, Bangladesh also elected Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury as its first ever speaker of parliament. This brings the total number of women speakers in the world to 41 in 39 countries. Dr. Chowdhury, a former minister for women and children affairs and member of the Awami League Party, was unanimously voted into office after the previous speaker Abdul Hamid became President. Bangladesh now has women in three of its top four political posts. Previously a Supreme Court lawyer, she worked on many human rights cases involving constitutional issues....[read more]
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