Skip to main content

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. L. Vasylenko

Ukraine
President
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. H. Ramzy Fayez

Bahrain
First Vice-President
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Vacancy

Second Vice-President
until Apr 2020

Ms. M. Baba Moussa Soumanou

Benin
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. N. Bujela

Eswatini
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. S. Kihika

Kenya
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. O. Sanogo

Mali
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. A. Nassif Ayyoub

Egypt
Arab Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. M. Mohammed Saleh

Syrian Arab Republic
Arab Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. M.S. Al Suwaidi

United Arab Emirates
Arab Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. P. Maadam

India
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. P.A. Komarudin

Indonesia
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. E. Azad

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

Vacancy

Asia-Pacific Group

Ms. M. Vasilevich

Belarus
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. Z. Greceanîi

Republic Of Moldova
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. E. Afanasieva

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. E. Vtorygina

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. A. F. Sagasti

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

Ms. C. Mix

Chile
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. W. P. Andrade Muñoz

Ecuador
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. V. Persaud

Guyana
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. V. Riotton

France
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. M. Grande

Italy
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2025

Ms. L. Wall

New Zealand
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. A.D. Mergane Kanouté

Senegal
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. C. Widegren

Sweden
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. L. Fehlmann Rielle

Switzerland
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2021

Ms. P. Krairiksh

Thailand
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. E. Anyakun

Uganda
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. B. Argimón

Uruguay
Member of Executive Committee
End of mandate: Oct 2024

Photo: © IPU

Committee Members