SUBAI organized a two-day symposium on institutionalization of Women Parliamentary Caucuses (WPCs) of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative assemblies on 17-18TH January 2019 in Islamabad. The two-day event was attended by women legislators from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assemblies; Office bearers of Federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa WPCs.
The WPCs in the AJKLA and GBLA had been approved through passage of resolutions and officially notified by both the Houses in 2012 and 2018 respectively, however unfortunately could not be made operational. The symposium was aimed at providing a platform for exchange of views and ideas by Women Parliamentarians; sensitizing them on gender related issues and the need for adoption and drafting of relevant laws; and to learn from good practices and operational policies adopted by Women Caucuses in the other Assemblies.
The event featured panel discussions, presentations and interactive sessions with the participants aimed at identifying the challenges faced by Women legislators particularly in steering WPCs for advancing women’s agenda through policy formulation and oversight.