Most Active Women MPs in Parliament, But No Ethical Violation

Aristir Lumezi

In parliament MPs women are more active than MPs men. In the Albanian Parliament Hall, women's deputies have discussed more than the MPs of the other gender.

Minutes of plenary sessions of the Assembly for 2016-2017 show that 90 per cent of MPs in the previous legislature have discussed or held speeches in parliament, while only 3 of them have not spoken at all.

The Minutes show that 30 women and 77 men's deputies have been discussed in parliament during the 2016 legislative session.

In the list of 32 women MPs, the largest number of those with more speeches are made up of opposition MPs, from 12 to 24 speeches and then coming to the Socialist Party MPs with 10-11 speeches. Three MPs have not held any parliamentary speech, two from the SP and one from the SMI.

Jozefina Topalli, with 24 speeches, Albana Vokshi with 18 and Mimoza Hajdarmataj with 17 speeches from the Democratic Party, followed by MP Mesila Doda (PDIU) with 16 speeches, two deputies Mimoza Hafizi (LIBRA) and Jorida Tabaku (PD) with 14 speeches, Antoneta Dhima (SP) and Arbjola Halimi (PD) with 12 speeches, etc. SP Group of Deputies, Blerina Gjylameti, Vasilika Hysi, Evis Kushi, etc, follow with 10-11 speeches, while at the end of the list, we have two SP deputies and one from the SMI without any parliamentary speech.

This is a statistical data showing that in the previous parliamentary legislature, political parties have taken care not only to respect the quantitative quota quantitatively, but to bring parliamentary women active and qualified MPs to public discourse.

In their composition, women deputies have lawyers, economists, international relations experts, doctors, entrepreneurs, and also doctors of science in social policy and communication.

But the women deputies in the Albanian parliament have another positive indicator, compared to the MPs of the other gender. No MP has received penalties for violations of the Assembly's Rules of Procedure.

But 20 men's deputies were penalized by the Parliamentary Bureau, with a 5-15 day exclusion for violating the Code of Ethics and the Assembly's Rules of Procedure, since insults, blocking of hearings, and exercising physical violence against peers.

But what is apparent is the subject of discussions, where in most cases the discussion women in the Parliament are not only involved in the political debate of the day, but have brought there the concerns of the community they represent, mainly of the women in need and have sought interference of state instances for problem solving.

It seems that the high number of women's representation in parliament, from 16 per cent in the 2009 parliament following the implementation of the gender quota, to 27.85 per cent in the last elections and the high number of their discussions in the parliament's booth, shows that women they are fulfilling their mission of representation and are expected in the future to be more decisive in the decision-making of their political parties.

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