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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. S. Kihika

Kenya
President
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. A. Al-Basti

United Arab Emirates
First Vice-President
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. A. Tolley

New Zealand
Second Vice-President
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. K. Bukar Abba Ibrahim

Nigeria
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. J.A. Gakuba

Rwanda
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. M. Drame

Mali
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. H. Al-Helaissi

Saudi Arabia
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. M. Azer Abdelmalak

Egypt
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. I. Almlohi

Syrian Arab Republic
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. S. Sirivejchapun

Thailand
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. R.W Karirathna

Sri Lanka
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. P. Maadam

India
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. F. Hosseini

Iran (Islamic Republic Of)
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. L. Gumerova

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. E. Vtorygina

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. Z. Greceanîi

Republic Of Moldova
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Vacancy

Eurasia Group

Ms. E. Mendoza Fernández

Bolivia (Plurinational State Of)
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. K.J. Beteta Rubín

Peru
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. J. Àlvarez Vera

Chile
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. K. Sosa de Rodas

El Salvador
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. S. Ataullahjan

Canada
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. S. Koutra-Koukouma

Cyprus
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. O. Sotnyk

Ukraine
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2022

Ms. M.I. Oliveira Valente

Angola
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2019

Ms. Y. Ferrer Gómez

Cuba
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Ms. H. Haukeland Liadal

Norway
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2019

Ms. A.D. Mergane Kanouté

Senegal
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. M. Kiener-Nellen

Switzerland
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2021

Ms. R. Al Mansoori

Qatar
Chairperson of sessions of the Forum of the Women Parliamentarians
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Ms. G. Karelova

Russian Federation
Chairperson of sessions of the Forum of the Women Parliamentarians
End of mandate: Oct 2019

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Committee Members