GIS – 08 December, 2016: A greater participation of women and the youth in the political life of our country will lead to a stronger democracy and a consultative and participative decision making structure, involving women and young people, is indeed more than necessary in meeting the varied ideas and aspirations of our diverse nation.
This reply was given in the National Assembly on 06 December 2016 by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, to a Parliamentary Question relating to the holding of mock parliamentary sittings during parliamentary recesses with a view to encouraging the participation of women and the youth in political activities, including standing as candidates for the National Assembly Elections.
Sir Anerood stated that the Youth Parliament is a common feature in many countries. However, as far as women are concerned, Regional and International Parliamentary Organisations make mention of the setting up of Gender Caucuses for the promotion of Gender Equality. To that end the existence of a Parliamentary Gender Caucus will soon become a reality, he stressed.
In so far as the youth is concerned, the Prime Minister added that since August 2016, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker, is already planning a Youth Parliament Programme for young people between the age of 14 and 17. Young boys and girls will be trained by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, he said.
One of the objectives of the programme, underlined Mr Jugnauth, is precisely to provide a national platform for young people to discuss issues that are important to them and for them to understand the functions and operations of the National Assembly. The training, he added, will allow young people to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in mock parliamentary sittings which will be held by the National Assembly.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister informed that the holding of Youth Parliaments requires an established protocol and that assistance to that effect will be sought by the Office of the Speaker from the Commonwealth Secretariat.
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