A resolution to create a parliamentary committee on Women and Children’s Affairs was voted down in today’s session.
The resolution, submitted by Thulusdhoo MP Rozaina Adam, was approved by 26 of 55 MPs and rejected by 29. There was one absention.
According to Haveeru, some members justified their rejection on a lack of precedent–Parliament does not have permanent committees for specialised groups–and said that admitting one such group plans would require plans be made for fishermen and farmers.
Others pointed out that the government does not have a specific ministry for women and children.
A few MPs said one more permanent committee would hinder Parliament’s work.