Women in Parliaments Global Forum stresses the need of gender equality in a future UN Parliamentary Assembly
The Women in Parliaments Global Forum that has held its first international conference from 27 to 29 November 2013 in the European Parliament in Brussels has emphasized the need "that the gender dimension will be taken into consideration" in the efforts for the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
"We want to ensure gender equality in a new UN Parliamentary Assembly that will address global challenges and take global decisions, on behalf of citizens worldwide," the Global Forum announced on its website.
Following this initiative, the international Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly has confirmed that ensuring gender equality is an important goal that should be implemented in a future global parliamentary assembly. "This is a matter that we will pursue," said the Co-Chair of the Campaign's Parliamentary Advisory Group, Gabriela Michetti, who is a member of the Argentinian Senate.
In December last year, more than fifty members of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum individually endorsed the international appeal for a UN Parliamentary Assembly that was handed over to a representative of the UN Secretary-General in Brussels.
At the moment, the list of supporters includes 1,281 sitting and former members of parliament from over 100 countries.