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Mission

Mission

AWEPA works in cooperation with African Parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe and facilitate African-European parliamentary dialogue.

Objectives

AWEPA’s overall objective is to support the realisation of human rights and development in Africa by strengthening democratic institutions.

With the help of parliamentarians and elected officials worldwide, AWEPA actively supports human resource development and institutional capacity building within parliaments made up of decentralised authorities.

AWEPA concentrates on:

  • The key role of parliaments in facilitating democracy, human rights, peaceful conflict management, poverty reduction and sustainable development;
  • The attainment of gender equality at all levels of political decision-making;
  • The common interests of African and European parliamentarians;
  • Building parliamentary networks and promoting experience sharing at national, regional and inter-regional levels.

AWEPA aims to achieve this objective by promoting:
– Parliamentary competency and authority;
– Good governance based on the separation of powers;
– Increased participation of women in decision-making (increased participation);
– Participation of civil society in the political process;
– Independent and qualified media.

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