Conference of the Parliaments of the Americas Executive Committee Meeting

March 6 – 8, 2012

The 24th Meeting of the Executive Committee of COPA and Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas took place in San José, Costa Rica, March 6 – 8, 2012. The Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas brings together the women members of parliamentary assemblies in the Americas. Its members engage in concerted action on matters relating to women so that they may be taken into account within the continent’s legislative bodies. The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte, Senator of Texas, a long-time women’s advocate, and NCSL’s International Programs Director Ms. Kathy Brennan Wiggins attended the meeting, and were able to take part in the enriching experience on behalf of NCSL.

Their meeting with the Network of Woman Parliamentarians of the Americas was highlighted by the advent of International Women’s Day on March 8th, which was emphasized at the meeting as the members discussed the importance of celebrating International Women’s Day and pledged to “work individually and collectively to ensure that women’s needs and realities are taken into account, particularly in the laws and national budgets adopted by our parliaments.”  Also part of the agenda was a discussion regarding the recent controversy surrounding the Falkland Islands, as well as the official launch of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica’s Policy on Gender equality and equity. Senator Van de Putte and Ms. Wiggins ended their trip with a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Updated March 15, 2012