Midrand, South Africa – AWEPA supported the Pan-African Parliament’s 7th Annual Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments. The conference was held in Midrand, South Africa, on 6-7 August 2015.
Participants included the Speakers of the regional and national parliaments; clerks and Secretary Generals of the national parliaments; Pan-African Parliament (PAP) staff; members of the Bureau of the PAP; and Chairs of PAP caucuses and committees.
The overall theme of this year’s Speakers’ Conference was “2015: Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
Within this general framework, specific topics for discussion included the progress report on the signature and ratification of the Protocol of the PAP; women, peace and security in Africa; the position of African parliaments regarding the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP21); and property rights for women in Africa.
The conference aimed to create a platform for dialogue between the PAP and its member parliaments, allowing the PAP to:
- Create a framework for the ratification and domestication of African Union (AU) decisions and policies;
- Discuss modalities to ensure that the citizens of Africa are made aware, through their parliaments, of AU policies and decisions;
- Disseminate information on its work and the AU.
An AWEPA delegation composed of Ms. Kudzai Leslie Makombe, Deputy Director Partner Relations, and Ms. Ingrid Johansen, Project Officer, attended the conference.