A new chapter in democracy as the National Assembly of Mauritius joins other Commonwealth Parliaments in establishing a gender caucus to advance democratic governance   

A new chapter in democracy has begun at the National Assembly of Mauritius this week with the launch of a new Parliamentary Gender Caucus aimed at promoting gender equality in Parliament. As she launched the first Parliamentary Gender Caucus, Hon. Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, G.C.S.K, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius spoke of the catalytic effect that gender equality has in the achievement of an inclusive and progressive society and promoting good governance. The National Assembly of Mauritius joins a number of other Commonwealth Parliaments and globally over 80 Legislatures in establishing a gender caucus to advance democratic governance. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will be supporting the new Parliamentary Gender Caucus as part of the CPA’s Technical Assistance Programme for the National Assembly of Mauritius.

Hon. Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius and President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region said: “The quest for development, democracy and peace is a legitimate aspiration of the people. Indeed, democracy, wealth, prosperity and opportunity for all, irrespective of gender, are tangible measures of the level of development of a nation. Gender caucuses worldwide have common interest. They share a common platform, they are well motivated and they rise above political affiliations in their fight for a common cause.”

Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was guest of honour at the launch of the new Parliamentary Gender Caucus in Mauritius and he spoke of the need for gender equality in parliaments. The CPA Secretary-General said: “The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is delighted that the National Assembly of Mauritius has established a formal Parliamentary Gender Caucus to identify priorities that need to be addressed from a gender perspective and to ensure parliamentary oversight on issues pertaining to gender equality are being realised through the National Assembly. 

I congratulate Hon. Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius on her personal leadership and determination to promote gender equality through the establishment of the Parliamentary Gender Caucus which provides a catalyst for the promotion of gender equality across the democratic institutions in Mauritius and also for the implementation of the 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The establishment of gender caucuses is a vital ingredient in bringing greater equality between men and women in the daily operations of parliament as a democratic institution. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, through the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network, is committed to promoting gender equality in Parliaments and increasing the representation of women in leadership roles.”


Please click here to read the CPA Secretary-General’s full address at the launch of the Parliamentary Gender Caucus in Mauritius.

The new Parliamentary Gender Caucus in Mauritius will be a permanent structure established at Parliamentary level to provide a platform for Members of all political parties to discuss and advocate for gender equality. The caucus was officially launched by the Speaker of the National Assembly in Port Louis, in the presence of Ministers and Members of Parliament together with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan; Hon. Mrs Esperance Mwiza, MP from the Parliament of Rwanda, Deputy Chairperson of the Standing Committee on National Unity, Human Rights and Fight against Genocide and Member of the Rwanda Women’s Parliamentary Forum; and Mr Simon Springett, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, through the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network and similar parliamentary gender caucuses, provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles; improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions.

For further information about the work of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) please click here or contact the CPA Secretariat via hq.sec@cpahq.org.

For images of the launch of the Parliamentary Gender Caucus at the National Assembly of Mauritius please click here

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Published on Thursday 23rd March 2017.

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Notes to Editors

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was founded in 1989 to increase the number of female elected representatives in Parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth and to ensure that women’s issues are brought to the fore in parliamentary debate and legislation.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 105th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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