First woman Speaker of Parliament elected in Arab world

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses for a group photo with participants of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Arab world has elected its first-ever woman Speaker of Parliament.

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi has been elected as Speaker of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Parliament, making her the first-ever woman Speaker of an Arab national parliament.

She has been a parliamentarian in the UAE since 2006, where she has been particularly active on youth and gender issues.

Veronica Reeves spoke with Zeina Hilal from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). She started by asking her what percentage of parliamentarians worldwide are women.

Duration: 1’57″

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