The CPA President and Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, has urged women in parliament to put up efforts to encourage more females to take up leadership positions.

Speaking at Commonwealth Women Parliament (CWP) Conference to landmark the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) as well as the election of the new Chairperson of CWP under the theme of ‘CWP at 30 years: Achievements and Unfinished Business: Looking forward to the next 30 years’ in recognition of the CWP’s 30th anniversary in 2019, Rt.Hon Kadaga said, gender equity must be factored into all government policies in each jurisdiction.

The newly elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA of the National Assembly of Pakistan also pledged to renew the effort to increase women’s representation and political participation in Parliaments across the Commonwealth.

The new Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians was elected for a three-year term at the CWP Business Meeting held at the Sixth Triennial conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), that took place in Kampala, Uganda, as part of the wider 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference which was held from 22nd to 29th September, 2019.

The newly elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (Designate), Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan was congratulated by the outgoing Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Hon. Dato’ Dr. Noraini Ahmad, MP (Malaysia); the CPA Chairperson, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon; Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and former CWP Chairperson as well as all of the former CWP Chairpersons attending the business meeting

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in 2019 #CWPat30, From Left to Right Hon. Lindiwe Maseko of South Africa; Ms Kashmala Tariq from Pakistan; Hon. Emilia Lifaka, Deputy Speaker of Cameroon and current CPA Chairperson; Hon. Alix Boyd Knights, Speaker of Dominica; Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Uganda; and Hon. Dr Dato’ Noraini Ahmad, MP from Malaysia – current CWP Chairperson.

The outgoing CWP Chair, Dato’ Dr Noraini Ahmad added that, the CWP envisions a world where women and men have equal access to opportunities – a world where women’s voices are recognised and respected.

CPA Chairperson and MP, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka advised that women must look to assume leadership roles within their respective Parliaments and the sixth triennial CWP conference allows us to reflect on the successes of the last 30 years, she added.

The Conference

The annual meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has come to a successful end. It took place in Kampala, Uganda and was hosted by the Parliament of Uganda. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is one of the largest gatherings of Commonwealth parliamentarians and is a unique and valuable opportunity to network with legislators for shared-learning and to build diplomatic relations.

The theme for the conference was: Adaption, engagement and evolution of parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth.

Representing the nine CPA Regions were Africa, Asia, Australia, British Islands and Mediterranean, Canada, Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India, Pacific, and South East Asia.

Ghana’s delegation in attendance was Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Prof. Aaron Michael Ocquaye; Majority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; Minority Leader, Hon Haruna Iddirisu; Ag. Clerk to Parliament, Mr Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah; Deputy clerk and Secretary to the Delegation, Mr. Robert Apodolla and Deputy Director-Speaker Ms. Grace Asaah Parry.


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