Kadaga - IPU to Sanction Qatar Over Women Representation

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The IPU recognizes gender equality as a key component of democracy and has set the advancement of gender equality as one of the key objectives in the IPU strategy from 2012 to 2017.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has ruled that Qatar will be sanctioned by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) for its continued failure to include women in legislature.
Kadaga who is the current President of IPU, noted this while chairing the Gender Partnership Group of the 132nd IPU Assembly, currently meeting in Hanoi, the Capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The IPU recognizes gender equality as a key component of democracy and has set the advancement of gender equality as one of the key objectives in the IPU strategy from 2012 to 2017.
Qatar's Consultative Council is the region's only parliamentary chamber with no women; all 35 members of this council are appointed by the Emir.
During the discussions, the Gender Partnership Group also considered non-coercive actions that would favour the uplifting of the profile of women in politics.
United Arab Emirates representative, Al Shariqi cited a need to focus on the media through actions of women parliamentarians to advance their objective.
She added that the IPU needs to focus on the debate of women at the IPU instead of amending the rules and the statutes.
From Uruguay, I Passada advocated for greater democracy within the parties to advance the participation of women.
Speaker Kadaga applauded the UN women model targeting a 50/50 representation by 2030, but cited a gap of no uniform universal standard. She said that the model should be more meaningful and representative.
The Gender Partnership Group is also scheduled to meet the delegation of Palau which sent an all-male delegation to the 132nd IPU despite having three women in their Upper House.
Palau has signed but not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
 
 
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.