By Our Reporter
Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth have applauded the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, upon successful completion of being the Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association (CWP).
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Mr Akbar Khan, commended the Speaker for promoting not only Uganda’s image across the world but the entire Commonwealth as an Ambassador of emancipating women and promoting equality.
He emphasized and thanked her exceptional leadership and passion for women’s political advancement over the past three years.
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Shirin Chaudhry Speaker of Bangladesh said “We all appreciate that she has exhibited a deep belief in the women’s development agenda and pushed for key reforms which have laid a strong foundation on which her predecessor will build on.
Delivering her farewell speech, Kadaga thanked the Association for her supporting her and also the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Steering Committee, for the commitment they offered to work with her and build on the good ideas that she shared with the and working towards the same objectives.
Addressing the delegates, Hon. Kadaga said she had ensured that the CWP Strategic Plan was linked to a broad international architecture like the United Nations and the IPU among others.
she stressed.to the Association that there is need to ensure that the quota system, which remains the single most effective legal framework for increasing women participation in decision making is promoted among the poorly performing countries of the CPA like the Pacific region and the Caribbean, South East Asia.
As an outgoing she promised to still work closely with CWP to advance the interests of grassroots women. “These are the women who wake up every morning worrying what their kids will eat; who, during winter struggle to keep their children warm; and who, at the time of voting, line up to vote but are uncertain as to whether the people they are voting into leadership will remember them at the time of planning and implementation,” she said.
She called for the support of the women parliamentarians from the nine regions in the Commonwealth countries.. We must discuss and develop funding frameworks for women politicians in our Chapters, and work to secure adequate representation of women in our parliaments so as to increase opportunities for women to get access to capital, assets, markets, education, health care and leadership at all levels.
The CWP is a forum that offers women an opportunity to exchange ideas on policies and strategies that have worked and resulted in increased women participation in political leadership in Commonwealth countries. It has membership based on regions including Africa, Asia, Australia, British Islands and the Mediterranean Region, Canada, the Caribbean, Atlantic and America.
Hon.Rebecca Kadaga has been replaced by Hon. Noraina from the Parliament of Malaysia.
Source:: The Insider