A delegation from the National Assembly composed of the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. David Pierre, and long-serving Member of Parliament, Hon. Jeovana Charles, represented the Seychelles at a series of meetings of the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa last week.
Several committee meetings preceded the cardinal plenary session. Members of Parliament from across the African continent had the opportunity to consider the African Union Budget Framework for 2016 and discuss planned activities in furthering the objectives of their respective committees. The Permanent Committee on Gender, Family, Youth and People with Disabilities was particularly concerned by the considerable number of signatory states who have yet to ratify the Maputo Protocol. The fundamental instrument, which guarantees comprehensive rights to women, aims to eliminate every discrimination against women and ensure the protection of their rights. For instance, the Protocol provides for the right of women to have control over their reproductive health and prohibits the practice of female genital mutilation.
During plenary discussions, the Seychelles delegation emphasized the need for a clear roadmap towards achieving the objectives outlined in the budget framework paper of the African Union. They underscored the importance of strengthening democracy and fostering good governance while prioritizing the empowerment of youth and women for successful poverty alleviation on the African continent.
The meetings were held from 14th March to 20th March, 2015 at the seat of the Pan-African Parliament. The Members of the National Assembly were also accompanied by Ms. Haajira Jumaye, a member of the National Assembly secretariat.
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Haajira Jumaye (Ms)
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