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CPA UK Event: ‘Representation of Women in Parliament, Politics and Public Life’

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INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON GENDER AND POLITICS

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch (CPA UK) and British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) will hold an International Parliamentary Conference on Gender and Politics, ‘Representation of Women in Parliament, Politics and Public Life’ from 6-8 November 2012 in the Houses of Parliament.

The proportion of women in parliaments throughout the world is slowly increasing; however, the number of women engaged in the political process remains demoralisingly low, and there are serious questions as to the extent to which women parliamentarians can influence policy.

Furthermore, significant barriers to participation – including cultural, economic, educational, political and personal – remain almost across the board. During the three-day programme, delegates will meet leading experts in the field of gender equality, from private sector, academic, civil society and political backgrounds.

Among others, Siobhan Benita, former independent candidate for London Mayor, Winnie Byanyima, Director of the United Nations Development Programme Gender Team, Jane Martinson, Women’s Editor of the Guardian, and Kate Grussing, Founder and MD of Sapphire Partners, will address delegates.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet and share expertise with high-profile parliamentary colleagues from the UK political scene, including:

• Lord Speaker Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza CMG • Public Accounts Committee Chair Rt Hon. Margaret Hodge OBE MP • Kate Green, Shadow Minister for Equalities • Mary Macleod MP, Chair of the APPG on Women in Parliament • Rt Hon. Baroness Kinnock, Opposition Spokesperson for International Development.

A programme of fringe events includes a networking event with young people run in collaboration with Plan UK, the children’s development charity with a focus on breaking down barriers to participation. The City of London Corporation will also host an event at Guildhall to facilitate interaction between delegates and advocates of gender equality in the business sector.

A key priority for the conference has been to plan a suitable legacy for both participants and host organisations. This will include an ongoing online alumni community hosted by Agora Portal, the UNDP parliamentary strengthening network, in which delegates can continue to share knowledge and resources and to highlight challenges and successes.

Over the course of the programme, delegates will also agree a communiqué and a set of key recommendations for parliamentarians in taking forward the conference themes.

For more information about the conference, please contact genderconference2012@parliament.uk; x5373.

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