Africa/Asia Parliamentarian Forum on Human Security and Gender

“The Role of the Legislature”

Marrakech, Morocco, 24-26 March 2002






Sunday, 24 March 2002


2:00 – 3:00 pm               Registration of participants


3:00 – 3:45 pm               Inaugural session

                                    Welcome remarks:

§         Host Country: Honorable Abdelouahed Radi, President of the Chamber of Representatives

§         UNDP: Mr. Olivier Ranaivondrambola, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP

§         UN/DESA (Division for the Advancement of Women): Ms. Fatiha Serour, Chief, Gender Advisory Services Unit, DAW, on behalf of Ms. Carolyn Hannan, Director DAW


Key note speech: “From the de jure to de facto gender equality: the role of the legislature,”  Her Excellency Nouzha Chekrouni, Minster in Charge of the Promotion of Women, Protection of the Family and Childhood, and Integration of Handicapped


3:45 – 4:00 pm               Coffee break


4:00 – 4:15 pm               Introduction: objectives, procedure and expectations of the Forum


4:15 – 6:15 pm               Plenary Session 1:


§         “Gender Equality and Human Security – Freedom from Want”, presentation - Asian delegate: Ms. Sanjaasuren Oyun, Member of Parliament, Mongolia. (Issues: poverty, economic and social policies, HIV/AIDS pandemic and feminisation of poverty)


§         Discussion


§         “Gender Equality and Human Security – Freedom from Fear”, presentation - African Delegate: Hon. Ms. Lulama Xingwana, Chairperson, Parliamentary Women’s Caucus, South Africa. (Issues: differential impact of conflict on women and men, women’s human rights, trafficking in women, HIV/AIDS pandemic)


§         Discussion


Evening                        Reception





Monday, 25 March 2002



9:00 – 9:15 am               Summary of first day


9:15 – 10:15 am             Introduction of participants


10:15 – 11:00 am            Coffee break


11:00 – 12:30 am            Plenary Session 2:

§         “Opportunities and Challenges – The Role of Parliamentarians in Promoting Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Parliamentary Work”: Ms. Fatima Bel Mouden, Membre de La Chambre des Représentants, Morocco.

(Issues: What has worked? What is it to be a woman running for office, is there gender equality in national parliaments, what are the opportunities and challenges facing women and men MPs who are advocates for gender equality and mainstreaming in parliaments)


§         Presentation by representative of Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP): Hon. Ms. Supatra Masdit, President, CAPWIP


§         Presentation of representative of Southern African Development Community (SADC): Ms. Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Gender Programme Officer, SADC Parliamentary Forum.


§         Discussant: Ms. Edna Tabanda, Vice Governor, Province of Benguet


12:30 – 1:15 pm            Discussion


1:15 – 2:30 pm               Lunch Break


2:30 – 2:45 pm               Forming of Working Groups


Appointment of rapporteurs from each working group to constitute the Drafting Group for the Communiqué


2:45 – 4:15 pm               Working Groups Sessions:

                                    Discuss issues raised in background papers

§         WG 1 & 2: HIV/AIDS

§         WG 3 & 4: Peace process

§         WG 5 & 6: Socio-economic policies




4:15 – 4:30  pm              Coffee break


4:30 – 6:15 pm               Panel Discussion I: (Moderated by: Ms. Fatna K’hiel, UNAIDS, Morocco.)

§         Mainstreaming a gender perspectives in HIV/AIDS, discussants: Mr. Raouf Benamar, UNAIDS, Morocco, and Hon. Ms. Ntlhoi Motsamai, Speaker of Parliament, Lesotho.

(Issues: how does gender inequalities impact women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS? What is the relationship between the HIV/AIDS pandemic and poverty? What are the good examples of policy and what can Parliamentarians contribute through the legislature?)






Tuesday, 26 March 2002


9:00 – 9:15 am               Summary of second day


9:15 – 10:15 am             Working Groups Sessions:

§         WG 1 & 2: HIV/AIDS

§                     WG 3 & 4: Peace process

§                     WG 5 & 6: Socio-economic policies


10:15 – 10:30 am            Coffee break


10:30 – 11:30 am            Panel Discussion II: (Moderated by: Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun Zineb, UNIFEM Gender Advisor for Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia)

§         Mainstreaming a gender perspective in the peace process discussants: Hon. Ms. Sabine Sabimbona, Member of Parliament, Burundi, and Hon. Ms. Fatma-Zohra Mansouri, Député, Assemblée Populaire Nationale, Algeria

(Issues: promoting a gender perspective in the peace process)




11:30 – 12:30 pm        Panel Discussion III:

Socio-economic policies for the advancement of women and gender equality,  Hon. Ms. Zohra Drif-Bitat, Member of Parliament, Algeria, and Hon. Ms. Roushan Ershad, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh.

(Issues: national strategies to reduce poverty from a gender perspective)




12:30 – 1:45 pm            Lunch


1:45 – 2:45 pm               Panel Discussion:

Implementing poverty reduction strategies from a gender perspective: From needs assessment to planning and budgeting, three experiences: Ms. Marie Ariane Navarre-Marie, Minister of Women’s Rights, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mauritius; Ms. Remedios I. Rikken, Philippines/CAPWIP, and Ms. Pregs Govender, Chairperson, Joint Monitoring Committee on the Improvement of the Quality and Status of Life of Women, South Africa.


2:45 – 3:45 pm               Working Groups Sessions (continued):

§         WG 1 & 2: HIV/AIDS

§                     WG 3 & 4: Peace process

§         WG 5 & 6: Socio-economic policies


3:45 – 4:00 pm               Coffee Break (during Working Groups)


4:00 – 5:00 pm               Reports of the working groups and discussion


5:00 – 5:45 pm               Plenary Session 5:

§         Recommendations of the Morocco meeting, issues to be addressed in the Asia meeting, input to the TICAD process Moderator: Mr. Olivier Ranaivondrambola, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP




5:45 – 6:15 pm               Closing (evaluation of Forum and Adoption of the Communiqué).