South East Asia Women Parliamentarians attend virtual roundtables on gender sensitive Parliaments
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians continues significant discussions on gender equality as it hosts a virtual roundtable on gender sensitive Parliaments for the South-East Asia Region
The CPA South-East Asia Region joined the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians’ (CWP) current conversation on gender sensitive Parliaments and practices with a virtual roundtable on gender sensitive Parliaments and practices that took place today. Discussions emphasised both the need for and provided strategies for Commonwealth Parliaments to establish robust gender sensitive practices.
Attended by both male and female Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, from Branches in the CPA South-East Asia Region, the roundtable offered attendees the opportunity to learn first-hand from the author of the CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines: Standards and a Checklist for Parliamentary Change, Professor Sarah Childs, on how to effectively utilise the Guidelines to ensure that becoming a gender sensitive Parliament becomes or remains one of their Parliament’s priorities. Participants also benefited from having a familiar platform where they were able to share and learn from each other’s successes and challenge.
CWP Steering Committee Member for the South-East Asia Region, Hon. Alice Lau Kiong Yieng MP (Malaysia) officially opened the roundtable by stressing that:
"in order to make lasting change, the participation of male Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff is required."
Alice Yieng also stated that:
"gender sensitisation is a method that should be considered of great importance to all CPA Branches in the South-East Asia Region and could be an important process that could increase the level of female participation across Parliament, in order to meet the international standard and Commonwealth target of 30%."
The CWP Steering Committee Member concluded her remarks by encouraging both national and sub-national CPA Branches in attendance to take full advantage of the opportunity made available by the CWP network to undergo a gender sensitive review for their respective Parliaments.
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