Tenth Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament was opened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Bulgaria is represented at the forum by Tsetska Tsacheva, Chairperson of the National Assembly, the press centre of the institution announced on Sunday.
The event is attended by 32 out of 46 women speakers of parliament in the world, which is the highest number of participants so far.
The forum, which is organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), mainly aims at the study of innovative ways of accelerating gender equality progress.
The subjects of improving gender balance at parliaments, making violence against women stop, and ensuring sufficient budgets for making progress in gender equality were focused during the debates.
Conclusions were drawn on what has been achieved in the past decade and it was inferred despite the growing recognition of gender equality being of cardinal importance to democracy and development, only 15% of women parliament speakers in the world are women.
Statistics at the beginning of 2015 shows women are only 17% of ministers and 22% of MPs.
The participants in the Tenth Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament were explicit making stable progress in women’s access to leadership and management positions in the public and private sector is still a challenge to every country.