Conference: Celebrating 100 years of women in politics

Conference: Celebrating 100 years of women in politics

In 1915 – 100 years ago – the Danish Constitution was finally amended, giving women the right not only to vote, but to run for elections as well. To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in Denmark, DIPD and KVINFO are hosting an international conference on Women in Politics.

By DIPD on May 2nd, 2015

With participation from around 200 men and women from 16 different countries, DIPD (Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy) and KVINFO (Danish Centre for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity) are hosting a large-scale conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

DIPD has invited delegations from their international partnerships and multiparty platforms (in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Egypt, Tanzania and Zimbabwe), and the Danish political parties have invited participants from their partners in Africa in particular (in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana).

The focus of the conference is to celebrate women in politics and for the partners to get an insight into the so-called “Danish Approach” with 100 years of experience. By looking critically at the Danish model, the partners can hopefully be inspired in the manner they improve women’s participation in politics at home. Furthermore, participants will together have an opportunity to identify the current challenges for women in politics globally.

A wide range of organisations and political parties will be represented, and the delegates will arrive in Copenhagen today Tuesday 2nd of June. Bhutan is represented with six representatives; inter alia the first woman to establish and head a political party in Bhutan, Lily Wangshuk. Nepal is sending a delegation of four, including the Minister for Education and a member of parliament. Three representatives come from the three parties represented in parliament in Zimbabwe, along with six representatives from the ruling party in Tanzania, CCM, including Tanzania’s minister of Justice and former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro. Kenya is sending a delegation of seven, including former Vice-President of Kenya, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. Dorothy Chupo, member of NAREP Women’s league is representing Zambia and Ghana is represented by Cahtrine Deynu, Deputy National women organiser of the National Democratic Congress.

During the two day conference, the participants will enjoy a programme packed with high-level Danish speakers and moderators from Danish politics and the media. The programme includes a keynote speech by DIPD’s director, Bjørn Førde, panel debates on The Road to Political Power and Political Violence and Women, and discussions on both Danish and Global approaches to women in politics.

The conference ends with a high-level debate including inter alia Nepal’s Minister of Education, Chitra Lekha Yadav, party leader Lily Wangchuck from Bhutan, the Justice Minister from Tanzania, and Jordan’s Minister of Social Development, Reem Abu Hassan.

On Friday 5 June, the international delegation will celebrate the historic constitution day in the streets of Copenhagen. DIPD and the delegates will walk a celebratory march from the Churchill Park to the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg, where speeches and entertainment will take place during the day.

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