By Maries Angele Abanga*
Cameroon strongly represented by the Vice President of the National Assembly at the 2013 Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum" (WIP)!
Barely a month after the Cameroon legislative elections catapulted women, more than doubling their representation in the National Assembly, and increasing their numbers from 25 to 56, meaning an unprecedented increase from 13.8% to 31.1%, a strong delegation representing these women will be attending the Landmark Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum" (WIP).
The 2013 Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum" (WIP) is taking place from 27 to 29 November 2013 in Brussels, hosted by the European Parliament. The WIP Annual Summit 2013 is the first time ever in history that the worldwide community of female Parliamentarians has been invited to come together to use their collective experience to advance society.
The WIP Annual Summit 2013 also marks the 120th anniversary of the day that Women were granted the right to vote for the first time in the world in New Zealand. To date the WIP Annual Summit 2013 has received registrations from female Parliamentarians representing 100 countries from around the world, more than 400 participants are expected.
- WIP is organised, in cooperation with the European Parliament, the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), UN Women, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the World Bank, and many other organisations, which will all be represented at the WIP Annual Summit 2013.
- It is the only global forum for all female Parliamentarians. WIP endeavours to find ways to address global challenges by using the collective experience of Women in Parliaments across the world.
- WIP is determined to encourage and educate society to learn more about the untapped potential and talent of women, and would like to see an increased number of women representatives in Parliaments around the glove (today fewer than 20% of Parliamentarians are women).
- An Advisory Board oversees and provides guidance for the activities of the foundation, consisting of outstanding political and social leaders such as Zainab Bangura, Kathy Calvin, Ertharin Cousin, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Jane Goodall, Mo Ibrahim, Pascal Lamy, Denis Mukwege, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Ana Palacio, Lakshmi Puri, Sheika Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, Viviane Reding, Olli Rehn, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Laura Tyson, Jody Williams, Muhammad Yunus, Saadia Zahidi.
Mami Florence Musonge, President of FAWODA Buea East, at a gathering organized by the "MP of Care" as Hon Lifaka is fondly referred to, said the women were more than pleased with Hon.Lifaka’s constant concern for her constituents.
She equally received accolade from Southwest Chiefs for being the first Member of Parliament (MP) to make a donation to Southwest Chiefs’ Conference(SWECC),now headed by Nhon Etuge Pius,with Chief Ayuk John Etchu as its Secretary-General.
At yet another event organized to celebrate her political achievements, she was hailed by the Lord Mayor of Buea Mr Charles Mbella Moki for her transparent and judicial use of her micro-project grants given by the National Assembly, for small development projects.
As a Cameroonian and current intern with "WIP" I am very excited to welcome our delegation and look forward to their active participation and contribution to the summit. I am very sure that each of the members will have expectations of the summit and will share their evaluation of the said summit with us all come Friday the 29th.
Cameroon could not have been better represented! The distinguished Vice President will be accompanied by Honourable Esther T. Ngalla, Honourable Solange Kwramba and Honourable Josephine Fotso.
* Marie Angele Abanga,is a Cameroonian legal mind doing internship at WIP