Women Speakers follow-up on 2011 Bern Initiative on women’s and children’s health

3-4 OCTOBER | DELHI, INDIA - Women speakers of parliament from around the world gathered in the Indian capital, Delhi to focus on strategies to make parliaments more gender sensitive and follow-up on the 2011 Bern Initiative for Maternal and Child Health (MCH).

Organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the meeting tackled issues such as how to achieve gender parity in parliaments by transforming the way parliaments and political parties work.

Follow up to Bern Initiative: 6th Meeting of Women Speakers on MNCH

The IPU women speakers will also follow-up the work done last year at the Sixth Meeting of Women Speakers when the Bern Initiative for Global Parliamentary Action on Maternal and Child Health (MCH) was agreed. A member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health was to speak at the session, which also heard from parliamentarians from Africa and Asia.

The high-level parliamentary meeting was officially opened by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Speaker Kumar and IPU President Abdelwahad Radi with keynote addresses by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and IPU Secretary General Anders Johnsson.

Hosted by the Indian parliament and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar, the meeting of women speakers examined the findings of IPU’s latest global survey on Gender Sensitive Parliaments. In addition to clearly defining the meaning of a gender sensitive parliament, the survey outlined key actions in several areas including legislation that supports gender equality and fostering a parliamentary culture that respects women’s rights and promotes equality.