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Indigenous methods, gender equity keys to sustainable development: BRICS Women Parliamentarians' Summit
At the BRICS Women Parliamentarians' Summit being held on August 20 and 21 in Jaipur, the local methods and gender equity were projected as keys to sustainable development. Inaugurating the two-day Summit, the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stressed the need for culturally relevant local method for sustainable development.
Mahajan urged the women parliamentarians to work jointly for the achievement of UN's goals of sustainable development by rising above the party lines.

She said that the women parliamentarians has the common goals and responsibilities for the issues related to sustainable development by advocacy for evolving and using the indigenous ways.

In the meet, meant to discuss the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), South Africa's Galina Karelova called on the participants to get active on ensuring women's participation in setting political and economic agenda by being the part of strategic decision making processes.

She was of the opinion that until equitable participation in the acceptable representation of women is achieved at the strategic decision making forums, the local and women's interest could not be reflected in the 17 SDGs and 169 target areas set forth by the UN.

In all, 42 women parliamentarians from five countries took part in the summit. BRICS is a five-nation forum of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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