The participating young parliamentarians have discussed the progress achieved by young people in taking parts at parliaments and the challenges for such participation.They also made some suggestions that could help young people to join parliaments and represent their people.
Zaina Hilal, Chairperson of the Youth Participation Programme at the Inter-Alimentary Union (IPU), pointed out that studies have shown that there are major financial challenges that encounter young people when trying to join parliaments around the world. There are also cultural challenges, which face them when they try to represent their people at the parliaments.
She said that 2.2% of the participants at different world parliaments are under 30 years old, while 50% of the world parliamentarians are under 45, and there is equal number of males and females within the same young age category.
She called on the political parties around the world to support the nomination of young people to be elected for parliaments. Accordingly, the IPU has modified its regulations to allow more young people to take part at its General Assembly, as each parliamentarian delegation would include a young person.
On Wednesday, the chairperson of the next Parliamentarian Youth Forum will be elected.