Brussels, Belgium – Hon. Minodora Cliveti, AWEPA Governing Council member and Member of the European Parliament, participated in the 2013 Annual Summit of the “Women in Parliaments Global Forum” that took place from November 27 to 29, 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Participants from more than 100 countries were present in order to discuss the issues on the Global Agenda from the perspective of female political leaders.
Some of the issues addressed were: reshaping society through female leadership, peace, security and the impact of elected women in parliaments, how parliaments can deliver on gender equality, the role of academics and women’s colleges in shaping the world’s future female leaders and the use of technology and women’s political participation.
The selection of speakers included several Nobel Prize winners, heads of government, European Commissioners, ministers, academics and high profile civil society and philanthropy representatives.
Hon. Cliveti is active as an MEP in women’s issues, promoting a strengthened position of women. She has recently been appointed rapporteur for the “Specific Actions in the Common Fisheries Policy for Developing the Role of Women” Report. In it, special attention will be given to areas in countries where fishing represents the main economic activity and the only source of income, and is practised especially by women, which is the case in many African countries. In her report to AWEPA, she pointed out that it is necessary to implement concrete measures of developing and modernising local infrastructure, diversifying economic activities and improving the quality of life in these states. Also, the European gender dimension should be included in the Economic Partnership Agreements signed with coastal states, including states in Africa. In negotiating these partnerships, their impact on the population in the area and specifically on women should be taken into account, she said.