International Parliamentarians Conference held in Rome

International Parliamentarians Conference
International Parliamentarians Conference

On May 4-5 Rome hosted the International Parliamentarians Conference. The event was organized by the Italian Parliamentary Group on Global Health & Women’s Rights, by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development, and by the Italian Association of Women for Development (AIDOS), with the patronage of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate and in collaboration with the Italian Presidency of the G7.

The Conference gathered about 100 participants among parliamentarians, observers, and speakers from G7 and G20 countries as well as from some emerging economies, to discuss the theme of “The Challenges of a World on the Move: Migration and Gender Equality, Women’s Agency and Sustainable Development”.

Pia Locatelli, Coordinator of the Group on Global Health & Women’s Rights, Laura Boldrini, President of Chamber of Deputies, and Linda Lanzillotta, Deputy President of Senate, opened the event by offering welcoming statements. Paolo Gentiloni, President of the Council of Ministers, then recalled the important initiatives being promoted by the Italian G7 Presidency to support gender equality. The opening speech was held by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar.

Participants discussed the migration and demographic phenomenon through a gender perspective, with a particular focus on their implications for international policies and for the promotion and protection of women’s rights. Special attention was given to the challenges of reception, linked to unprecedented migration flows, to the higher costs that women and children are often forced to pay, and to the need to strengthen health systems to achieve greater equity in delivering healthcare, including sexual and reproductive rights, especially for women and children.

At the end of the Conference, the parliamentarians approved a document with several recommendations, which was delivered to the Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi for the subsequent transmission to the Italian G7 Presidency.