Guyana Parliamentarians for first regional CWP
Guyana Chronicle – April 17, 2006
FOURTEEN women parliamentarians were due to leave Guyana yesterday to attend the first Commonwealth Women Parliament (CWP) of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
The meeting, to be held in Nassau, The Bahamas, from tomorrow to Saturday, will address several areas of concern to women members of the CPA, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said.
According to GINA, the topics on the agenda include ‘Impact of women in decision-making in the Region’, ‘Getting elected: pre and post election preparation, support and encouragement’, ‘Overcoming challenges experienced by women in politics’ and ‘How can women parliamentarians in the Region ensure that the gender party effort include both genders?’
The Guyanese team is being led by Dr Jennifer Westford, Minister of Public Service and includes Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Member of Parliament, Ms Clarissa Riehl and Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Ms Carolyn Rodrigues.
GINA said the CWP is officially recognised by the CPA as the organisation to advance the representation of women in Commonwealth parliaments; increase involvement of women parliamentarians in CPA affairs and promote the discussion of gender issues in its member parliaments.