Head of the Turkmen parliament takes part in the IPU Summit of Women Speakers
The Turkmen delegation took part in the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament of the Member States of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). A virtual meeting organized by the IPU jointly with the Parliament of the Republic of Austria and the United Nations was held on 17-18 August.
The opening remarks were delivered by Andrea Eder-Gitschthaler, President of the Federal Council of Austria, Doris Bures, Vice-President of the National Council of Austria, Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and keynote address by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. The Turkmen delegation was headed by Chairwoman of the Mejlis Gulshat Mammedova.
The main goal of the forum is the development of parliamentary diplomacy in the name of peace and sustainable development. The role of parliamentarians to mitigate the negative impact of the current pandemic was discussed.
During the session, an online discussion “Women’s parliamentary leadership in a time of COVID-19 and recovery” was held. After the Ebola (2013−2016) and Zika (2015−2016) outbreaks, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed again that in times of health crisis and pandemic, women and men are affected differently. Failing to take on board gendered dimensions of the emergency response exacerbates existing and persisting inequalities and creates new ones. Ultimately, gender-blind responses can amplify the crisis and increase both its impact and its costs for women and for society as a whole.
And yet, women are central and strategic players in any response to prevent and mitigate climate and health crises.
Recent studies have shed light on the link between women in political leadership and climate action, demonstrating their positive influence for the good of our planet, its people and our common future. During the COVID-19 outbreak, many media articles highlighted the positive effect of women’s political leadership on the management of and the response to the pandemic.
In addition, issues related to resilience to emergency situations, improving the women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, putting an end to racism, harassment and violence against were considered.
It was stressed that parliaments have a paramount role to play in identifying and addressing obstacles to women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, eliminating discrimination against women and girls in the law, and ensuring that social and economic policies are gender-responsive at all times, including in situations of emergency and crisis and recovery.
On the second day of the forum, an online roundtable was also held on preparing the future Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament to take place in 2021
World parliaments urge to co-operate in restoration after pandemic
The World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments has continued today its work. In the forum which was held under the aegis of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), chairwoman of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan Gulshat Mammedova took part.
The world conference of speakers of parliaments is held by IPU every five years. This year over 130 parliamentary leaders from more than 110 countries and regions took part in the event. In connection with proceeding pandemic COVID-19 the conference was held in a digital format. Its main thesis is based upon parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and sustainable development for the people and planet.
At the opening ceremony Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres and President of IPU Gabriela Cuevas Barron spoke. Guterres addressed parliaments with an appeal to develop the legislation which will react to consequences of Covid-19 and sustainable development, having underlined the importance of international partnership. He reminded that in the world 21 million cases of disease are fixed and more than one million have died, having faced unprecedented earlier social and economic crisis.
Among themes which were discussed by members of parliaments, – joint efforts in counteraction to new calls, fight against terrorism and violent extremism, gender policy, climate change, labour migration and others.
The great attention was given to international antiepidemic cooperation and world economy restoration in the post-epidemic period.
Speakers of national parliaments expressed readiness to support IPU in its efforts to maintain democracy and world peace. They noted the role of parliamentary diplomacy in cooperation to strengthen cooperation between peoples and assist achievement of global security, settlement of international disputes and issues through diplomatic means according to international law principles.
The meeting was organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in cooperation with the Austrian Parliament and the United Nations. The second part of the conference will take place next year in “a physical” mode in Vienna, Austria.
The 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments took place in United Nations Organization headquarters in New York in 2015.
in the press service of the Chancellor of Austria