UAE: Meeting of Women Parliamentarians of the Gulf States

Emirates News Agency-WAM
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Submits report to Inter-Parliament Union on Gulf Cooperation Council Women Parliamentarians Meeting.
The UAE submitted a report on The 2nd Conference of GCC Women Parliamentarians and Women at Decision Making Positions (Oct. 30th and 31st, 2007) to the Inter-Parliament Union (IPU).
The said conference is the second of a series of regional events organized by the IPU aimed at providing a forum for women parliamentarians and women political decision makers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It examined the role and input of women legislators and the mechanisms to promote women's access to parliament. It will also provide a space for exchange on the best practices on mainstreaming gender in parliament.

The report was submitted by Dr Amal Al- Qubaisi, Member of the Federal National Council (FNC) at the current 118th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union which is being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

For the first time ever, said Al- Qubaisi, the conference provided a platform to women parliamentarians in member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to get together to discuss challenges as well as critical issues such as migrant workers, people trafficking, xenophobia and human rights as well as to exchange best practices on mainstreaming gender in parliament, strengthen women's knowledge of political processes; promote an exchange of experience between women from similar cultural and political backgrounds; maintain visibility on the question of women in politics, and encourage continuous participation of women in the political arena.

The said conference was hosted by the UAE's Federal National Council (FNC) in collaboration with the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The 118th Assembly which concludes today has discussed the role of parliaments in striking a balance between national security, human security and individual freedoms, and in averting the threat to democracy, parliamentary oversight of State policies on foreign aid.

19 April 2008