The Second Annual Global Symposium of The Parliamentary Training Institutes from India, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Tanzania, took place in Mombasa, Kenya between 23-26 May 2017. It was co-sponsored by Ahadi-USAID, McGill University and AWEPA. At the symposium, a number of key speakers addressed the audience and touched on different topics.
Professor Rick Stapenhust from McGill University, who presented the evidence based training programs for MPs and staff of Parliaments, Dr. Doughlas Munemo from the Midland State university in Zimbabwe who responded to questions on the role of PTIs in enhancing legislative oversight in Zimbabwe, S.Kipchumba who spoke about strengthening public participation and training legislatures, parliamentary staff and stakeholders, and A. M’od Noor from Garissa County, addressing the role of gender quotas in enhancing women political representation at legislative level.
Another key speaker was Ms Kaplana Sharma who represents the Parliament of India. Ms. Sharma stressed out that 33% of parliament seats are proposed in India for women, but with 12% in parliament & 2.3 million women grassroot level panchati raj, the number stands at 50%.