Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

IPU 128th Assembly: parliamentarians strengthening accountability for RMNCH

About the workshop

A workshop on “Ensuring Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health” took place at the recent IPU 128th Assembly in Quito, Ecuador, on March 26th 2013. The workshop was organized to commemorate the one year anniversary of the IPU resolution, “the role of parliaments in achieving maternal, new born and child health as a basic right”, adopted at the 126th IPU Assembly in Kampala.

The workshop was attended by over 100 Speakers of parliaments, parliamentarians and other interested parties, and renewed the commitment to the resolution. Leaders from three parliaments took the floor: Hon. Shawkat Ali, Deputy Speaker, Bangladesh; Hon Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker, Uganda and Senator Salma Ataullahjan, President of the IPU Canada Group. They shared their experiences of how their parliaments use the IPU resolution to promote women’s and children’s health and how parliamentary oversight contributes to accountability for women’s and children’s health.

Parliamentarians expressed their commitment to deepening their technical engagement with issues relating to women’s and children’s health and requested the support of the IPU, the United Nations system and other non-governmental organisations and networks. They also requested the IPU to continue to provide such platforms for parliamentary solidarity as well as opportunities for parliaments to learn from each others’ experiences.

Parliamentarians were reminded that while progress had been made, much still remained to be achieved. They were urged to guard against losing focus on women’s and children, especially in the context of discussions on the post 2015 development framework. As indicated by the IPU accountability report, there was scope for increased awareness of the IPU resolution on women’s and children’s health, and to implement the commitments made by parliaments.

The IPU was requested to ensure the wide dissemination of its first report on the implementation of the resolution to inform efforts by parliaments on women’s and children’ health and to inform future accountability reporting in line with the Kampala resolution.