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Governing Council

Governing Council

AWEPA’s highest policy body is its Governing Council, comprised of some 40 representatives from AWEPA’s Sections within the national parliaments of Europe and the European Parliament. Every five years, the Governing Council elects an Executive Committee and the President of the organisation, who are accountable to this Council. The Governing Council operates as a general assembly for a five-year term and aims to meet at least once a year. The Council determines the organisation’s overall policy and direction, and is chaired by AWEPA’s President.

The Governing Council is responsible for approving the Annual and Financial Reports, determining policy regarding the objectives and budget for the upcoming year and appointing members not representing a Section on the Council.

AWEPA is proud of its broad network of parliamentarians and former parliamentarians from across Europe. Each European parliament that forms an AWEPA Section appoints a Head of Section who is the first contact point for AWEPA, and functions as their Section’s first representative on the Governing Council unless they delegate otherwise. The Heads of Sections are:

Ms. Magda De Meyer

Belgium

    Hon. Bodil Valero

    European Parliament

    Hon. Johan Verstreken

    Flanders

    Hon. Gàbor Harangozó

    Hungary

    Hon. Lia Quartapelle

    Italy

    Hon. Egidijus Vareikis

    Lithuania

    Hon. Prof. Killion Munyama

    Poland

    Hon. Minodora Cliveti

    Romania

    Hon. Kerstin Lundgren

    Sweden

    Lord David Chidgey

    United Kingdom

      In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained, no man can be truly free.

      - Mary Robinson

      It’s only when you have a critical mass of women in politics that you get women’s issues attacked.

      - Mary Robinson

      As more women lead their communities we hope to see fewer conflicts and more peace.

      - Mary Robinson

      Preventing the conflicts of tomorrow means changing the mind-set of youth today.

      - Graça Machel

      Ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. And then take that action.

      - Graça Machel

      We are at a unique point in history and simply must act with far more energy and cohesion.

      - His Excellency Mohamed A. Sahnoun

      To combat prejudices and painful memories we need to do more with Parliamentarians.

      - His Excellency Mohamed A. Sahnoun

      Women’s voices shouldn’t only be heard because they are the victims of the war

      - Mary Robinson

      There are trouble-free spots on the continent, but unfortunately these are rarely heard of, as many observers tend to erroneously treat Africa as one block.

      - Ruth O’niango

      You educate a woman, you educate a whole community, a whole village

      - Ruth O’niango

      Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

      - Nelson Mandela

      I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

      - Nelson Mandela

      Development that allows the principle of self-reliance, self-sufficiency in all spheres seems to me the only sensible choice for Africa.

      - Prof. Albert Tevoedjre

      Rural development needs a policy which will enable the populations to understand and believe in the objectives set.

      - Dr. Jim Yong Kim

      Any policy, any society based on keeping people down will be a failure.

      - Prof. Albert Tevoedjre

      We are the first generation which can end extreme poverty in our lifetime. But we cannot get there without parliamentarians.

      - Dr. Jim Yong Kim