Over a hundred women parliamentarians of eight South Asian countries held a conference in Dhaka today in an effort to ensure effective role of women leaders across the region.
The four-day-long conference styled "South Asia Women Parliamentarians' Conference: Women Leading for Gender-Responsive Governance" -- the first of its kind -- was convened at Radisson Hotel.
Women MPs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and parliamentary experts, civil society members and high-ranking government officials joined the conference, jointly organised by the USAID, The Asia Foundation and the UKaid.
According to the organisers, the objective of the conference is to promote a more effective role for women leaders across South Asia “through increased communication within and across borders”.
At the conference, a regional network of women parliamentarians was to be formed while a Secretariat established to serve as a regional coordination centre for supporting women MPs from the eight participating countries, said the organisers.