14 Jun 2016 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) Acting Co-President of the ACP-EU-JPA has called for zero tolerance of rape and slavery of women, saying the situation of women living in a democratic state can be regarded as a very important reflection of its governance.
Speaking at the opening of the 31st session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries and the European Union (ACP-EU) in Windhoek on Monday, Michele Rivasi said a countrys democracy credentials can often be judged by the situation of women in the country.
Although women assume a key role in families and could be a powerful player in conflict resolution and prevention, Rivasi said womens potential is not only often under-exploited but also systematically wrecked.
She said women and children often become victims of rape and violence in armed conflicts, despite their potential in the effective resolution of conflicts and governance of a democratic state.
The worsening situation in several regions in the world, civil conflict and their consequences, including massive population movements remain a concern, she noted.
Rivasi also called on the JPA participants to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the recent attack perpetrated in Orlando, Florida of the United States of America (USA).
A death toll of 50 and 53 injuries were reported after a terrorist attacked a gay nightclub in the early hours of Sunday at the weekend.
Terrorism is growing dramatically and now indirectly affects Asia, Africa and Europe, Rivasi told her audience.
The ACP-EU-JPA Co-President from Gambia, Netty Baldeh shared Rivasis sentiment and informed the official opening gathering that only effective international cooperation can put an end to terrorism in the world.
Some 350 Parliamentarians are attending the JPA 31st session to discuss issues affecting member states, which include economic integration, social and environmental issues and the political situation in member states.
The JPA ends Wednesday.