The Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality - Raedat held a dialogue meeting in cooperation with “Morbyat Mauritania” in Nouakchott on the Arab policy paper launched by the Network to raise the representation of women in political parties and electoral lists.
The head of the network, H.E Dr Rula Alhroob, held a comprehensive presentation on the role of women in achieving the goals of sustainable development and on the fifth goal and ways to reach it by 2030. She pointed out that the Arab region is at the bottom of the bridging gap between the sexes, especially in the areas of political and economic participation. Need to adopt strategic plans to achieve gender equality in decision-making positions.
Dr Al-Hroob reviewed international statistics on Arab women in the economy, politics and labor, and the obstacles that impede their full and effective contribution to achieving the development goals, noting that the integration of women in the labor market increases the productivity of any country by 25% and increasing their employment rate by 10%. Increasing country's GDP at a rate of 3%. Women spend 90% of their income on the family, especially towards education, while men spend 30-40% of their income on their families. This spending, which is added by women, raises the standard of living of the family, improves the services it consumes, and increases the quality of human capital in the country. Today, countries compete in the development of human resources, after the importance of natural resources has declined , And advanced the importance of creativity and invention, especially in the arts, science and information technology.
Alhroob highlighted the importance of equality in political decision-making positions, pointing out that when women are in decision-making positions within a democratic environment, they guide public expenditures in budgets and direct spending priorities towards improving education, health, social security and infrastructure services, While men direct spending towards expanding security budgets, It also raises levels of integrity and transparency, improves accountability and oversight mechanisms, Dr Rula also reviewed a number of studies that show that the institutions ran by women contribute to their governing bodies are more environmentally friendly and more efficient and and more pleasing to customers and employees, more employment for women, especially in leadership positions, less corrupt.
She also presented the most important measures included in the policy paper launched by the network in April 2018, which includes proposals to amend the party law, the party funding system and the electoral law to achieve a gradual equalization by 2030 starting from the adoption of 30% in party leadership sites and party electoral lists in all elected councils Within a package of mandatory legislation relating to party law, election and financial incentives in the system of party funding and voluntary commitments, in which the party itself is required to adjust its own rules of procedure to achieve these objectives.
The network President also proposed a set of measures to change the prevailing gender stereotypes and negative ideas and attitudes towards women, particularly in the political leadership positions in Arab customs and culture, proposing the establishment of a media observatory in each Arab country to monitor and control the content and monitor periodic recommendations. Also to establish funds in the Ministry of Culture or Media to encourage media in the private and public sectors to produce information materials that change the image of women and break traditional patterns, and revise educational curricula in schools and universities to provide models for women leaders in politics, economics, Art and all fields of human tender Breaking the stereotype of women in the curricula, adopting policies and codes of ethics for public and private institutions to create a work environment that is friendly to women, adopting balanced and fair employment policies, and renewing religious discourse to support the image of women in leadership
The member of the network in Mauritania, Batoul Bint Abdul Hai, welcomed the audience, which included a number of previous and current women deputies, a number of parties, politicians, representatives of civil society organizations and the press, and thanked them for their interaction and interest. A member of the executive office Magda AlNeiwishi managed a part of the meeting, which came out with recommendations that fit the Mauritanian legislative environment with regard to amendments to the electoral law, parties and parties financing systems. The audience adopted and commended all the recommendations of the network mentioned in the policy paper.
The meeting ended with the formation of a drafting committee to meet on the following day to produce a Mauritanian paper from the Arab paper to be discussed with all local partners from parliament, parties, civil society organizations and government before being announced at a national conference.