Equality between women and men is a major topic for parliamentarians participating in the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

A cross-party delegation of parliamentarians (MPs) will join nearly 1,200 other participants at the 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, to be held in Kigali, Rwanda. The New Zealand delegation is MP for Vanushi Walters (Head of Delegation), Hon Jacqui Dean MP, Ibrahim Omer deputyand The Honorable Scott Simpson, MP.

The theme of the Assembly is “Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world”. The Assembly’s general debate will give delegates the opportunity to debate, discuss, exchange views and suggest actions that parliaments can take in this area. The IPU Governing Council will meet and adopt several resolutions, including on cases of violation of the human rights of parliamentarians. The Assembly is expected to conclude with the adoption of a number of resolutions on the theme of gender equality.

Speaker of the House, the Right Honorable Adrian Rurawhe, said “this delegation will have the opportunity to connect with international colleagues and share thoughts and solutions on a wide range of issues impacting parliaments and the peoples of the whole world”.

The Assembly will also consider action parliaments can take on international migration and related topics such as how to end human trafficking and human rights abuses, including government-sponsored abuses. ‘State. In addition, the Assembly will debate environmental and climate issues and food security issues, the impact of atrocities and war on civilians.

MP Vanushi Walters, Head of Delegation, said, “It is a real privilege to lead this delegation to Rwanda, and I look forward to engaging with foreign parliamentarians on human rights and diversity issues.

The Assembly will be streamed live here on the IPU YouTube channel.


The 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 October 2022.
For more details on the 145th IPU Assembly, click here.

The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments and was founded over 130 years ago. It is made up of 178 different national parliaments and 14 regional parliamentary bodies. The IPU promotes democracy and helps parliaments become stronger, modern and diverse. IPU Assemblies are held twice a year in different cities around the world, with over 1,200 delegates attending each. The New Zealand IPU Group is chaired by Vanushi Walters, MP.
Click here to find out more about the New Zealand Group of the IPU.

Interparliamentary relations is a way for members of the New Zealand Parliament to maintain the relevance, effectiveness and innovation of Parliament. Dialogue between members of different parliaments enhances mutual understanding between countries, develops best parliamentary practice and ensures that New Zealand plays an active role in the international parliamentary community. The active participation of MPs in interparliamentary activities enhances their knowledge and insight as legislators, which in turn enhances parliamentary oversight of government.

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Jessica C. Bell