Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson commends Parliament of Tanzania for achieving the Commonwealth target of over 30% women Parliamentarians  

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has addressed the Parliament of Tanzania and commended the Parliament for its gains in gender equality by achieving 36.7% women Members of Parliament. The current Commonwealth target is to achieve over 30% women MPs.

The CPA Chairperson said in a speech to the Members of the National Assembly of Tanzania in the Msekwa Hall: “I am particularly proud of the fact that over a third of the Parliamentarians – 36.7% – elected into the Parliament of Tanzania are women. This means that you are doing better than 166 other Parliaments in the world in women’s representation. This is something for you to be very proud of.” Please click here for speech.

The CPA Chairperson was received by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania and CPA Tanzania Branch President, Rt Hon. Job Yustino Ndugai, MP and Deputy Speaker, Hon. Dr Tulia Ackson, MP at the main Parliament building. The National Assembly of Tanzania and the President of the United Republic make up the Parliament of Tanzania. The current Speaker of the National Assembly presides over a unicameral National Assembly of 393 Members.

The CPA Chairperson paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and Patron of the CPA Tanzania Branch, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa, MP.

During an extensive programme in Tanzania, the CPA Chairperson also met with Mr Stephen Kagaigai, the Clerk of the National Assembly of Tanzania and the CPA Africa Regional Secretary; met with the Executive Committee of the CPA Tanzania Branch; and met with the Tanzania Women Parliamentarians Group (TWPG) Executive Committee. The CPA Chairperson also visited the University of Dodoma (UDOM) where she met with the Vice Chancellor.

The CPA Chairperson recognised in Parliament that the late Secretary-General (2007 to 2014) of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Dr William Shija, was a Member of the National Assembly of Tanzania from 1990 to 2005.

The CPA Chairperson’s visit to the Parliament of Tanzania coincided with visits by the Speaker of the Egypt House of Representatives, Hon. Dr Ali Abdel Aal and the President of the Senate of Burundi, Lieutenant Reverien Ndikuriyo.

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To read the CPA Africa Regional Secretariat report of the visit to the Parliament of Tanzania - please click here.

Updated 9 April 2019.


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