Region: Africa

Anti FGM protesters outside the National Assembly in Banjul on 18 March 2024 © MUHAMADOU BITTAYE / AFP

Statement on Repeal of law banning female genital mutilation in The Gambia

Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair; Joy Phumaphi and Githinji Gitahi, Co-Chairs, PMNCH Advocacy and Partner Engagement Committee; Flavia Bustreo, Chair, PMNCH Governance and Ethics Committee; Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union. As the world’s leading alliance committed to the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents, including the most vulnerable, the Partnership for Maternal, […]

Delegation pictured in front of Big Ben

Delegation from Morocco engage on defence, trade and continuing cooperation

BGIPU was delighted to host a delegation from Morocco from 19 until 24 February 2024. The visit was led by the Honourable Mr. Mohamed Sabbari, First Deputy-Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives, and also included the Honourable Mr. Mohamed Joudar, Fifth Deputy-Speaker, the Honourable Mrs. Nadia Touhami, Sixth Deputy-Speaker, the Honourable Mrs. Zaina Idhali, […]

The President of the Transitional National Assembly, Jean-François Ndongou and IPU Secretary General, Martin Chungong.

IPU supporting efforts for a return to constitutional order in Gabon as SG visits

Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, has just concluded a mission to Gabon at the invitation of the President of the Transitional National Assembly, Jean-François Ndongou, to meet the authorities in charge of the country’s transition. The visit is part of the IPU’s wider efforts to monitor developments in trouble spots, to defend democratic institutions and […]

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Human Rights of MPs: Some success stories from IPU efforts despite uptick in abuse

A few days before Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has released its annual map of the number of reported cases of human rights violations suffered by parliamentarians around the world. Although the numbers continue to rise, there have been positive developments in some countries, partly due to actions by the Committee on the Human Rights […]

Ms. Ackson said: “I feel happy that the first IPU event that I am opening as IPU President is for African parliaments, covering a vital issue requiring urgent attention for women, gender equality and democracy at large.

Eliminating violence against women in Africa: Ackson opens first event as IPU President

As part of her three-day visit to IPU Headquarters, newly elected IPU President Tulia Ackson spoke at a webinar on violence against women in African parliaments, organized by the IPU in partnership with the African Parliamentary Union (APU). The webinar was held in the lead-up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on […]

Tulia Ackson of the United Republic of Tanzania is elected the 31st President of the IPU.

Dr Tulia Ackson elected new President of the IPU at 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda

Tulia Ackson of the United Republic of Tanzania has been elected as the 31st President of the IPU by the IPU’s Governing Council, its main decision-making body made up of parliamentarians from around the world. She takes over from Mr. Duarte Pacheco, a parliamentarian from Portugal, who concluded his three-year mandate at the end of the 147th […]

BGIPU Chair, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP addresses the General Debate at the 147th IPU Assembly.

UK very active at IPU Assembly which sees key outcomes on future institutional governance

Key Policy Outcomes At its 147th Assembly from 23-27 October 2023 in Angola, IPU members adopted the Luanda Declaration on Parliamentary action for peace, justice and strong institutions. The Declaration highlights the critical role that good governance plays as a means to achieving sustainable development. It calls for parliamentarians to “strengthen trust and ensure the more […]

The Kaposoka Symphony Orchestra, an Angolan orchestra made up of teenagers from vulnerable families performs the IPU Anthem on 24 October 2023 at the 147th IPU Assembly Opening Ceremony. IPU

New IPU anthem premieres at opening ceremony of 147th IPU Assembly

The 147th IPU Assembly opened on 23 October 2023 in Luanda, Angola, with the inaugural performance of the new IPU anthem. The anthem was performed by the Kaposoka Symphony Orchestra, an Angolan orchestra made up of teenagers from vulnerable families, in the presence of the Angolan President João Lourenço, dozens of Speakers of Parliament and […]