The National Assembly house chairperson and former public works minister Thoko Didiza has been elected the Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) in Mauritius, parliament said.
“Congratulations to Hon Thoko Angela Didiza and Southern African Region on her election as Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians,” announced the official Twitter feed of parliament on Wednesday night.
According to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s (CPA) website, the Commonwealth Heads of Government committed themselves to gender equality in the Harare Commonwealth Declaration of 1991.
It was anchored by the CW Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015 Plan of Action. The international commitments are for the “realisation of women’s rights”.
“Despite constituting half of the world’s population, women continue to be disproportionately represented in governance and at all levels of decision-making. Women historically and globally have been the subject of cultural and legal disabilities, which have hindered women’s ability over generations to reach their full potential,” the website said.
“Today, women participate in terms of real numbers in a minimal way in the political/parliamentary process despite their representation in populations globally.
“This reflects one of the last vestiges of the historical disproportion of female participation at the state and national levels of endeavour.”
Female delegates at the 1989 plenary CPA conference founded the CWP so women could discuss “ways to increase female representation in Parliament and work towards the mainstreaming of gender considerations in all CPA activities and programme” to recognise the need of women’s representation in political institutions.
– African News Agency (ANA)