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Press release: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association partners with UN Women to promote gender equality through parliamentary engagement



A joint Memorandum of Understanding was signed by APC Secretary General Stephen Twigg and UN Women Executive Director Ms. Sima Sami Bahous. The partnership will help advance key goals of both organizations in the areas of gender equality and the eradication of discriminatory laws, in particular to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5.

UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Sima Sami Bahous, said: “Globally, more than 2.5 billion women and girls are affected by unequal laws or a lack of legal protection. The full realization of women’s rights depends on the repeal and eradication of these laws and the impartial and effective rule of law. UN Women is committed to a structured engagement to achieve legislative and constitutional reforms for just, peaceful and inclusive societies; environmental and climate justice; equal participation in decision-making at all levels; universal access to essential public services; and economic prosperity for all. This partnership with CPA is a strategic opportunity to achieve our shared goals of gender equality and the empowerment of women, and to advance towards equality before the law for women and girls by 2030.”

The Chair of the Commonwealth Network of Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Dr Zainab Gimba, MP (Nigeria) said: “The signing of this MoU is a critical step towards strengthening the work of the Commonwealth Network of Women Parliamentarians (CWP) in tackling global gender inequality. which we are faced with. By working with UN Women, the CWP will be able to provide expertise and training on gender equality to all APC members. This will strengthen the capacity of parliamentarians to adopt gender equality legislation and implement the necessary laws at all levels to eliminate discrimination. The CWP network continues to promote the equal participation of women at all levels and to improve the awareness and capacity of all parliamentarians, regardless of gender, to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role – legislation , oversight and representation, to help parliaments become gender-sensitive institutions.

Following the signing of the MoU, a number of programs and initiatives will help legislators:

  • improve and strengthen efforts to tackle discriminatory legislation in Commonwealth countries, deepen public debate and build accountability in the movement towards greater gender equality and equity through the establishment of equal laws .

  • advance skills to tackle discriminatory legislation and review gender-sensitive legislation.

  • mainstream gender in strengthening parliamentary institutions and the rule of law.

  • ensure that women’s issues are given prominence in parliamentary debate and legislation.

  • facilitate international exchanges to share best practices in legislation in pursuit of gender equality.

For more information on the partnership work between CPA, CWP and UN Women, please email [ Click to reveal ] or visit the CPA website www.cpahq.org.



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