Celebrating 10 women MPs who are active on IPU committees
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As the IPU celebrates International Women’s Day, these are just some of the inspiring women MPs working actively in the IPU’s committees to promote gender equality, youth participation, peace and sustainable development.
Sahar Albazar, Egypt
President of the Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians
Young people make up the majority of the world’s population, but only 2.6% of MPs are under 30, which is why the work of Ms. Albazar, an Egyptian MP and President of the Board of the IPU’s Forum of Young Parliamentarians, is key. The Forum works to increase the participation of young people in democracy, and to ensure that young voices are heard. Ms. Albazar is also Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Egyptian House of Representatives.
Cynthia López Castro, Mexico
Member of the IPU Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs
Ms. López Castro has been a member of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies since 2018, and is a youth champion. In 2017, at the age of 30, she helped draft a new Constitution for Mexico City, and was one of the main advocates for including a youth quota in the city’s electoral law. As a member of the IPU’s Committee on United Nations Affairs, Ms. López Castro works to ensure that at least 25% of candidates for public office at the federal level are under 29 years old. Ms. Castro was a joint winner of the first ever Cremer-Passy Prize at the 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali for her work in promoting youth in parliament.
Click here to read the full article published by the Inter-parliamentary Union on 2 March 2023.