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Bureau of Women Parliamentarians

The Bureau of Women Parliamentarians makes sure that women’s issues are placed at the very heart of our work.  

It organizes the work of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians, which meets during our twice-yearly Assemblies to address gender equality issues and to contribute to the decisions made by our Membership.

The Bureau works to make our Organization more aware of gender issues by developing a sustained programme on women’s issues, and to promote greater participation of women MPs in all our senior posts.

Formerly called the Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, the Bureau has over the years also taken on the task of guiding the work of the Gender Partnership Group and presenting recommendations and reports to the Governing Council.

Set up in 1990, it was the first permanent structure created within IPU to drive forward our work on gender equality and women’s issues. It meets at all our Assemblies.

The Bureau is elected by the Forum of Women Parliamentarians. It is made up of women from all six of our geopolitical groups. It has a President and two Vice-Presidents. 

The President automatically becomes a member of our Executive Committee, adding a voice to those of the women MPs already serving there. In turn, female members of the Executive Committee are also automatically members of the Bureau of Women Parliamentarians.

Composition

Ms. C. López Castro

Mexico
President
until Mar 2025

Ms. F. Ilimi Haddouche

Algeria
First Vice-President
until Mar 2025

Ms. A.N. Ayyoub Awadallah

Egypt
Second Vice-President
until Mar 2025

Mme Z. Mashaba

Eswatini
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. J. Kavira Mapera

Democratic Republic of the Congo
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. J.A.A. Taban

South Sudan
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. S. Mosa Hammood

Iraq
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Vacancy

Arab Group

Ms. M. Saleh

Syrian Arab Republic
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. L. Reynolds

Australia
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. P.A. Komarudin

Indonesia
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. E. Azad

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. S. Sirivejchapun

Thailand
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. M. Vasilevich

Belarus
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. G. Karelova

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. S. Khasayeva

Azerbaijan
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. T. Vardanyan

Armenia
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. A. F. Sagasti

Argentina
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. V. Persaud

Guyana
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. L. Carneiro

Brazil
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. V. Riotton

France
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. M. Rempel Garner

Canada
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. D. Bergamini

Italy
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2027

Ms. S. Paunovic

Serbia
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Mme I. Kitwa Godalena

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Mar 2027

Ms. S. Mikayilova

Azerbaijan
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2027

Ms. G. Morawska-Stanecka

Poland
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2027

Ms. N.B.K. Mutti

Zambia
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2027

Ms. A. Sarangi

India
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Mar 2026

Ms. D.-T. Avgerinopoulou

Greece
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2025

Ms. B. Argimón

Uruguay
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2024

Mme F. Malaquias

Angola
Ex-officio member (past President of the Forum)
End of mandate: Oct 2025

Ms. H. Ramzy Fayez

Bahrain
Ex-officio member (past President of the Forum)
End of mandate: Mar 2025

Ms. E. Nyirasafari

Rwanda
Ex-officio member (past President of the Forum)
End of mandate: Oct 2024