Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, April 23, 2018 05:40:27 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Women Parliamentary Caucuses to ensure gender equality

By
16th-Apr-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Md Osman Ali :
(From previous issue)
To help lessen this potential problem, it is helpful for the WPC members to depend on spirit of equality, cooperation and mutual respect in decision-making process to have a well-articulated gender agenda, without any other issues that may cause cross-party disputes. Accordingly the WPC is to have a common ideology which leads towards the overall advancement of women irrespective of party affiliation, social status and district origin.   
To become a change agent and an effective gender focal point, the main prerequisite for the WPC, as in Indonesia, is to contain a feminist identity as its ideology  that are of common interest to all involved political groupings.
This means that caucus members  can be united and show their commitment to common goal to secure equal political, economic, personal, and social rights for women
Prioritization of Women concern; Often the WPC must be choosy of the issues it wants support. If caucus does not prioritize policies and legislative issues, it risks possibility of becoming too scattered to complete properly. In the case in Bangladesh, the WPC should decide priority issues which may include sexual harassment, rape, eve teasing,  women trafficking and abuse of women migrant at overseers,   increase of women's reserved seat , direct election of women in reserved seat, women socio- economic empowerment etc which possibility of caucus success in getting support of stakeholders.
If caucus chooses that are too controversial and overlapped with party's agenda to have full support in the parliament, there will be greater chance of possible failure. Hence the WPC needs to prioritize issues out of core set of priority issues according to broader consensus so that parliament extent its full support for legislation or amendment of existing legislation on issues important for women advancement   
Leadership crisis of the WPC: The WPC suffers from lack of leadership crisis for which there is no adequate power to put pressure on the parliament. There is also a lack of adequate understanding regarding gender issues among the parliamentarian in general and women parliamentarian themselves in particular.
As a consequence, the WPC yet to  perform simplest role of voicing women's interests in the media or other public forums and    demonstrate its ability in promoting policies and in initiating or drafting  bills that support women's interests in parliament.
The WPC needs to be led by senior women parliamentarian who can mobilize and influence others in lobbying and the legislative processes in mainstreaming in parliament.
Hence the WPC need to have skill development  programme for strengthening women parliamentarian's capacity to engender parliamentary business on gender equality issues and women empowerment to make them  efficient  parliamentarian and more confident leaders on policies and legislation.  
Political Support for the WPC: Political parties in general do not have an internal agenda on women's empowerment. Consequently, the establishment of the WPC in the House is not regarded as important, especially for the benefit of parties.
Hence Political parties have neither particular stance towards the activities of the WPC, and nor do they have a specific policy for women parliamentarians to focus on in the Caucus.
Hence all political parties need to have a gender sensitive programmme.
 A political will, commitment and involvement of all political parties in the parliament and all women parliamentarian and an agreement among them are vital on a minimum work programme; and plan to overcome differences between political parties and sustain the operation of Caucus.
Formal Recognition of Caucus: The experience of the WPC in Bangladesh suggests that its structure is an 'informal' body, but work within the parameters of the parliament in a structured manner. Hence the WPC is dependent on parliament operationally and functionally. As result the WPC confront a variety of challenges such as lack of funding and logistic support to sustain activities.
The WPC is formal cross-party political caucus in South Africa, Namibia and Rwanda . Besides the WPC in Vietnam and Laos  are formally recognized by their Parliaments and provided with an office, staff and adequate funding for its sustainability.
A provision of WPC involving all women parliamentarians can, therefore, be incorporated in ROP of the parliament with specific responsibility and provided with staff, office space, meeting rooms, and funding from the parliament, but subject to compliance with the parliament's standing  rules  
The caucus may also ask International and national development partners for external funding in supporting the Caucuses and the legislative houses to achieve sustainable development and gender equality In Burundi, IPU finances activities conducted by the caucus.
Caucus's insignificant role: The small numbers of women parliamentarians in most parliaments render women caucuses too small an organ to enact significant change.
There is a gender inequality in Bangladesh Parliament as regards women   representative (20 percent) as compared to male representative.  Consequently women caucus is   not so strong to effectively voice women needs/ priorities in Parliament.   Political parties, women activists, civil society and NGO should prepare ground to design legislative regulations for introducing   appropriate mechanism to increase 33 percent women representation in the parliament
· Commitment of Caucus to attend meeting: Another   challenge for caucus is lack of available time on the part of the members for caucus activities. It is for this reason that caucus must be particularly organized.
Caucus members must be committed to attending caucus meeting if all possible. It might be helpful develop plan action with corresponding time frame in order to help caucus activities   focused and on schedule.

(Md Osman Ali is a Retired Joint Chief, GoB)

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Govt must answer what happened to the force disappearances


MEMBERS of around 80 families joined a programme under the banner of "Mayer Daak", a platform of disappearance victims' family members, from across the country on April 21st, as per report of a local daily. Speaking at the event, supported by rights activists, family members slammed the state for denying ...

Entertainment »

Alia Bhatt spies on movie goers


Raazi trailer was launched recently. Last week, in partnership with FB & PVR, Alia spied on theatre audiences watching the trailer on the theatre screen and appeared on a two-way facebook LIVE in front of them and interacted with the audience as they could both see each other. This was ...

Football »

Neymar to be at peak of powers at World Cup: Ronaldinho


Xinhua, Rio De Janeiro :Brazil legend Ronaldinho has backed compatriot Neymar to make a full recovery from foot surgery in time for the World Cup in Russia.Neymar has been sidelined since suffering a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in late February.He underwent surgery ...

International »

Iran threatens to `vigorously` resume enrichment if US quits deal


AFP, New York : Iran warned Saturday it is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a US exit.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran ...

Football »

Chanathip Songkrasin (left) of Consadole Sapporo and Kazuki Nagasawa (right) of Urawa Reds fight for the ball during their J1 League match at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, north of Tokyo on Saturday.


Sports »

Kvitova, Pliskova give Czechs 2-0 lead over Germany


AFP, Stuttgart :Victories by Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova gave the Czech Republic a commanding 2-0 lead over hosts Germany in their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova needed just over an hour for an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 win over Julia Goerges at the Porsche Arena in ...

Entertainment »

Salman, Katrina all set to leave for tour to USA in June


Salman Khan is one of Bollywood's biggest superstars and over the years he has made a brand out of himself. Everything from his dance moves, clothes, accessories to his attitude and body language is a rage among his fans. Salman was recently proven guilty in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case. ...

Entertainment »

Shahid to shoot for Batti Gul Meter Chalu


Shree Narayan Singh's Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a social drama that depicts the contradiction between long hours of power cuts and the ironically high electricity bills that dig a hole in the common man's pocket. It narrates the story of a man's fight against power distribution companies. Shahid Kapoor ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a press conference at the party central office in the city's Nayapalton on Saturday with call to admit party Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in the city's United Hospital for her proper treatment.


Editorial »

Enforce counter-trafficking law


NONE of over 3,500 cases filed under the counter-trafficking law across the country has disposed of since the formulation of the act. It has left the victims and their families in utter frustration. They are also deprived of getting remedy and compensations. Whereas the perpetrators are threatening them to withdraw ...

International »

Thousands of students to walkout across US in call for gun reform


Reuters, Colorado : Thousands of students again walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.Students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions planned to ...

Editorial »

No law can restrict freedom of speech


EDITORS' COUNCIL, an organisation of editors of the country's national dailies, has recently expressed grave concern over Section 21, 25, 28, 31, 32, and 43 of the Proposed Digital Security Act. It said the sections would greatly obstruct freedom of speech and independent journalism. However, responding to the concern the ...

Football »

Manchester United`s Paul Pogba (second right) and Bournemouth's Steve Cook battle for the ball, during the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Manchester United, at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England on Wednesday.


.

City »

General Secretary of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation Osman Ali, among others, at a rally of labourers in Swadhinata auditorium of DRU on Friday demanding implementation of five thousand CNG registration allocated for drivers.


.

Entertainment »

Anny pairs up with Zahid Hasan for first time


Entertainment Report :Popular actress and model of present time Anny Khan for the first time paired up with National Film Award winner actor and director Zahid Hasan in a drama serial.Zahid Hasan is acting in the title role in the serial. Viewers will watch a new role Zara in the ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news