President Paul Kagame on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 opened the 145th Inter-Parliament Union (IPU) in Kigali calling on parliamentarians to make a difference by collaborating to achieve gender equality and endimg genocide.

According to him, though Rwanda has made progress in bridging the gender gap, gender inequality is a shared responsibility and men have a duty to speak up and not just be bystanders.

“All over the world, parliaments exist to protect the interest of citizens. This objective cannot be met without before and active participation of women in our parliament’s, especially in leadership positions,” Kagame said.

About 1000 delegates including 60 speakers and deputy speakers of Parliaments from across the globe are gathered in the Capital Kigali for their 145th Assembly.

President Kagame said that gender equality is better achieved when there is acknowledgement that it is a right for anyone everywhere and that women are the backbone of resilient and peaceful societies.

The theme of this year’s Assembly is Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world.

The IPU is an international organization of national Parliaments and its primary purpose is to promote democratic governance, accountability, and cooperation among its members.

Among its other initiatives, includes advancing gender parity among legislatures, empowering youth participation in politics, and sustainable development.

Source: News