Farkhunda Zahra Naderi elected IPU standing committee president

Afghan MP Farkhunda Zahra Naderi elected IPU standing committee presidentAfghan lawmaker Farkhunda Zahra Naderi was elected the President of third standing committee (Democracy and Human Rights) of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi first obtained membership of the Third Standing Committee (Democracy and Human Rights) of the Inter–Parliamentary Union (IPU) in a serious election, during the Union’s 128th Assembly held in Ecuador.

Ms Naderi’s membership was also extended during the 130th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva.

IPU’s third standing committee Bureau (Democracy and Human Rights) members participated in the voting process where Ms Naderi and Jameela Nasaif MP from Bahrain Were candidates and as a result Farkhunda Zahra Naderi was elected by majority as the chair of the committee.

In the meantime, another Afghan lawmaker Shukria Barekzai joint the the Standing committee on Peace and International Security of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), while Hela Ershad joint the  Co-ordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians.

The delegation of the Afghan lawmakers left for Geneva on 14th March to attend the 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Important regional and international issues, development and strengthening of cooperation among the parliaments of the world parliaments to strengthen peace and stability, realization and development of democracy, promotion of women’s role in decision making and United Nation’s stance in resolving the international issues were the main topics which were discussed during the 130th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) established as an international organization of world parliaments in 1889. IPU consists of 163 members from various countries, including Afghanistan.

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, for the first time managed to obtain membership in IPU’s third standing committee (Democracy and Human Rights) on behalf of Afghanistan on the Union’s 128th Assembly held in Ecuador.

She won the seat on behalf of Afghanistan after receiving 28 votes from the 52 members of the Committee earlier in 2013.

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