December 21, 2012
ParlAmericas' International Secretariat will be closed December 25, December 26, and January 1.
November 29, 2012ParlAmericas Expresses Condolences to Panama for Deaths and Damages Caused by Heavy Rains
ParlAmericas expresses its condolences for the loss of life as a consequence of the intense rains, and the resulting floods, that have hit Panama in recent days.
November 9, 2012
ParlAmericas expresses its condolences for the loss of life and solidarity for those suffering due to damages caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred yesterday in Guatemala, which particularly affected the departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Sololá, Totonicapán, Sur del Quiche, and Sur de Huehuetenango.
October 26, 2012Director General of ParlAmericas Participates as Panellist at IDEA's Inter-Regional Workshop
"Because we are not issue-based, we leave it to parliamentarians to determine what are topics of current interest and importance about which they would like to learn more, exchange perspectives, and issue recommendations. Through ParlAmericas, one way parliamentarians in the hemisphere contribute to democratic processes is by bringing these recommendations back to their national parliaments.
"While it may be difficult to measure tangible results, I believe the value of parliamentary diplomacy and informal dialogue cannot be underestimated."
September 1, 2012Elections for the Executive Committee of the Group of Women Parliamentarians
Elections were held for new positions for the Group of Women Parliamentarians' Executive Committee yesterday during the second session of the Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, held concurrently with the 9th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmericas.
Jennifer Simons, Speaker of the National Assembly of Suriname, and Mónica Zalaquett, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, were unanimously appointed Vice-President and Secretary, respectively.
The Group of Women Parliamentarians is further strengthened with this new structure, as is the organization at large.
Further to the commitment to honour the objectives set out for the Group and for ParlAmericas, the Group is now commencing a new work period, the first activity of which will be the Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians to be held in Suriname in 2013, where the Group will continue working to promote women’s rights and common good in the hemisphere.
September 1, 2012Closing of the 9th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmericas
The 9th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmericas, which gathered together 46 parliamentarians from 14 countries of North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, ended this morning after the recommendations developed during the meeting were presented to the plenary.
"Every parliamentarian takes the recommendations on the four topics to their countries in order to legislate on them for the benefit of society in general," said Panamanian Member of the National Assembly, Victor Juliao, host of the 9th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmericas and 1st Vice-President of the organization.
The meeting was also attended by 12 parliamentarian observers (from two countries and three territories and representatives of five observer organizations).
During the final plenary session, elections were held for vacant seats on the Board of Directors of ParlAmericas, for representatives from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
August 30, 2012Opening of the 9th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmericas
The 9th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmericas, formally inaugurated this morning, has gathered over 40 parliamentarians from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to discuss four core topics: Weak Rule of Law: A Threat to Citizen Security; The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on the Americas; Climate Change and the Environment; and Financial Crisis and its Effects on Women in the Region.
Major Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo (Brazil), Marco Antonio Castillo (Guatemala), Howard N. Fenton (USA), Ottón Solís Fallas (Costa Rica), Laura Gómez-Mera (Argentina), Michelle Michot Foss (USA), Margarita Astrálaga (Colombia), Jason Spensley (Canada), and Mayra Buvinic (Chile) will share their expertise with all participants.
“Insecurity, climate change, and the economy are major issues facing us today. We will discuss them in the course of the Plenary Assembly, and I do hope we may issue some recommendations to assist our governments and peoples in being ready for and responding to them,” said Victor Juliao III (Panama), host of this meeting and 1st Vice-President of ParlAmericas.
August 28, 201229th Board of Directors Meeting
ParlAmericas' 29th Board of Directors meeting starts tomorrow. The meeting precedes the 9th Plenary Assembly of the organization, which will cover four main topics: weak rule of law as a threat to citizen security, the impact of the global economic crisis on the Americas, climate change and the environment, and the financial crisis and its effects on women in the region.
July 20, 2012Women Secure a Third of Mexican Parliament (By Anayeli García Martínez)
"Female candidates are poised to occupy an unprecedented third of the seats in Mexico’s bicameral parliament when preliminary results for the Jul.1 election are confirmed. In the lower chamber, 95 women were elected through direct vote (in a relative majority system), according to the preliminary results from the Federal Electoral Institute. That is 31.7 percent of the seats filled through direct vote in that chamber, almost doubling the 17.33 percent obtained in 2009 when 52 women were elected. In the previous elections, however, eight women had given up their places to a male alternate."
June 26, 2012
ParlAmericas President Speaker at EITI Conference
"As legislators, we need to be well informed to use the skills and resources at our disposal to improve government accountability and responsiveness by engaging regularly with civil society, the media, and broader populations on substantive issues."
May 9, 2012
Opening of the Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians
The Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians began this morning in Valparaiso, Chile, under the main theme Citizen Security for Women: A Parliamentary Task. The parliamentary meeting was inaugurated by Member of the National Assembly of Ecuador, Linda Machuca, President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians; Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, Mónica Zalaquett; and President of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, Nicolás Monckeberg, who thanked the participant parliamentarians for coming together to reflect on issues of inclusion of women in political life in the American states, and the defense of women facing gender violence.
Mr. Monckeberg noted the importance of moving towards a quota law to determine a specific number of women to participate in parliament. Participants were also greeted, via video, by the President of ParlAmericas, Randy Hoback, and the President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, who appreciated the meeting and said "When women enter politics, policy changes for the better, because the contribution of women in politics is absolutely central, and Latin America is in debt. We need more women integrated into the world of politics, as that will improve society."
The words of Ms. Zalaquett followed, one of the promoters of the event, who praised as essential "to see how can the budgets of each of our countries deal with the complexity of this scourge that is violence against women."
Ms. Machuca thanked the Chilean people for their hospitality and indicated that this call is politically transcendent and affects the legislative agenda as it seeks "to analyze what is happening in Latin America with regard to violence against women, and in every country, and discuss how we can respond through the legislation that we construct in each of our countries."
Women parliamentarians participating in the event represent countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.
May 9, 2012
Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians
Linda Machuca, President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians and Member of the National Assembly of Ecuador, along with with Mexican Senator Adriana González, and Chilean Members of the Chamber of Deputies Mónica Zalaquett, Andrea Molina, Cristina Girardi, Alejandra Sepúlveda, Marta Isasi, Ximena Vidal, and Maria Antonieta Saa, met in the Chamber of Deputies of Chile to announce the beginning of the Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, which started this morning.
Ms. Machuca explained that the meeting, Citizen Security for Women: A Parliamentary Task is divided into three main themes, "particularly all related to violence and rates of violence [that exist] in each of our countries, then to discuss issues related to femicide and finally to discuss the budgets of our countries and how to adjust them to meet these widespread needs of the women in our regions."
Ms. Zalaquett said, "This meeting is very rewarding as we will advance public policies across the continent in favor of women and [in our country, Chilean] families." Ms. Sepúlveda emphasized the importance of this meeting taking place in Chile. "Today, Chile welcomes the largest gathering of women parliamentarians in Latin America. We will have nearly 56 women parliamentarians with whom we will discuss budget issues, defining whether they are sufficient to address the protection of women in terms of femicide and domestic violence.”
April 19, 2012
ParlAmericas President Joins Prime Minister Stephen Harper
April 9, 2012
Summit of the Americas
March 28, 2012
March 27, 2012Bill to Reform the Argentinean Civil Code
The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, along with the head of the Supreme Court, presented the proposal to amend the current Civil Code, in force since 1871.
Read the full article. (in Spanish)
March 19, 2012
March 8, 2012Greetings on the Occasion of International Women's Day
Today it is important to remember that over 100 years ago International Women's Day was inaugurated, and to recall why it was established. From the beginning, the Socialist International conference (held in Copenhagen in 1910) had planned to establish a day to honour the movement for women's rights and universal suffrage. The tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York, where women workers and migrants died in 1911, is another key memorial.
These two moments were the pillars for achieving political rights – female suffrage was obtained in the twentieth century. And legal advances – the Triangle disaster forced major legislative changes in labour and industrial safety and health standards in the US, which were imitated by several countries.
I send greetings of solidarity to all women in Ecuador, America, and the world, for being the engine of change, the arms of the political, social and economic struggle, and for achieving significant advances in the historical process of building a more egalitarian, a more equal, and a more united world.
Linda Machuca Moscoso
President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians
Member of the Assembly of Ecuador
February 24, 2012Announcement: 27th Board of Directors Meeting (in Spanish)
February 16, 2012Report: Observers at FOPREL Working Session
February 9, 2012
ParlAmericas (formerly known as FIPA - Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas) and the Organization of American States today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a framework to enhance cooperation and interaction in areas of common concern, in particular, democracy, legal systems, and the rule of law.
ParlAmericas President Randy Hoback and OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza signed the MOU. View the event’s photo gallery here.
The MOU identifies areas of cooperation between the two institutions relating to databases, ParlAmericas’ role as a legislative forum to the OAS, parliamentary exchanges in the context of existing processes, women’s rights and gender issues, and sub-regional communications hubs.
February 1, 2012ParlAmericas' Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight Workshop Ends
ParlAmericas' Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight workshop in Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, ended yesterday after two days of discussions, panels, and smaller working groups.
Parliamentarians and Auditors General were both very positive about the exchanges they had had over the course of the meeting. There was a recognition that smaller and larger Caribbean states can learn from one another, and that there would be benefit from having regular meetings such as this one, bringing together members of parliament and those working within audit institutions.
There was general agreement that the event was enriched through the collaboration of numerous partners such as the CCAF, CAP, and CAROSAI.
View the event’s photo gallery here.
January 30, 2012Dynamic Participation at ParlAmericas' Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight Workshop
Today’s session of the workshop Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight, being held in Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, gathered 20 parliamentarians and 16 auditors general from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The panels of the day covered the role of parliament in the budget process, Public Accounts Committees leading practices, and an oversight on potential reforms in smaller legislatures.
View the workshop's complete agenda here.
Tomorrow’s sessions will focus on collaborating with the auditor general and strengthening his/her role, as well as discussing lessons learned and next steps to strengthen oversight in the Caribbean region.
January 29, 2012
ParlAmericas Hosts Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight Workshop in Antigua and Barbuda
ParlAmericas, formerly known as the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA), is hosting a workshop focused on promoting greater knowledge of the Caribbean parliamentary budgetary oversight system, and on discussing key issues relevant to Public Accounts Committees. The workshop starts tomorrow - Monday, January 30, 2012 - at 9:00 (13:00 GMT).
Consult the meeting agenda here.
January 28, 2012