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International Parliamentary Conference on Gender and Politics

The British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) and the UK Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) jointly hosted a Conference on Gender and Politics at the Houses of Parliament, London from 6-8 November 2012.

Parliamentarians representing more than 50 countries met in London, UK, to address key issues surrounding women and politics. The Conference on 6-8 November, jointly organised by the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) and the UK Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) and chaired by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, focused on gender representation in parliament; the role of MPs in achieving representative democracy; legislation and gender issues and the economic empowerment of women.

The conference heard testimonials and case studies from around the world and offered MPs a chance to build up skills in promoting gender equality in parliamentary committees, with the media and through social networks.

Speakers included:

Baroness Hayman GBE (UK)
Baroness O’Loan DBE (UK)
Dr Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, President IPU’s Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians (Indonesia)
Hon Juliana Azumah-Mensah MP, Minister of State for Women and Children (Ghana)
Jane Martinson, The Guardian Newspaper, Women’s Editor (UK)
Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Equalities (UK)
Kate Grussing, Founder of Sapphire Partners
Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development (UK)
Mary Macleod MP, Chair, Women in Parliament APPG (UK)
Ms Khadija Rouissi, Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Representatives (Morocco)
Norma Jarboe, Director of Women Count
Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC (UK)
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons (UK)
Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza CMG, Lord Speaker (UK)
Rt Hon. Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Seema Malhotra MP, Founder of the Women’s Network (UK)
Senator Pia Cayetano (Philippines)
Siobhan Benita, Independent Candidate, London Mayoral Elections 2012 (UK)