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Ra’edat holds a high-level meeting in the Iraqi parliament

Ra’edat holds a high-level meeting in the Iraqi parliament to raise the representation of women in parties and electoral lists






Media Office – Raedat 16/3/2019

Under the patronage of, Mr. Mohamed Halboussi, president of Iraqi Council of Representatives, the Arab Parliamentarians Network for Equality Ra’edat held a high-level dialogue meeting in the Constitutional Hall of the Iraqi Council of Representatives to discuss the Arab policy paper launched by the Network to raise the representation of women in political parties and electoral lists.


The President of the network, Dr Rula Alhroob, congratulated Iraq on its victory over the tribulations and terrorism, hoping to rise as a phoenix from under the rubble to disperse the sun with two wings of wheat and grain, noting that Iraq has in the heart of every Arab and Muslim and lover of humanity a great place, and wish the return of Iraq great and healthy to its nation.

Dr Rula said that Iraq, which taught the world writing and monetary system and taught its women before eight thousand years BC Agriculture, and produced Poets, entertainers, queens of Sumer, Babylon, Assyria, Elham, Ishtar and Anya, now ranks at the lowest level of gender equality in the world, ranking 147th out of 149 countries covered by the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index, citing indicators of education, economic participation and opportunity.

Alhroob, also said that the Iraqi parliament, which includes 25% of the women of the qualities and leaders was expected to have an action on the absence of women from the nominations of ministers, it is inconceivable that the government is free of female-ministers at a time when the world and the Arab region to achieve the goal of sustainable development V, To equitable positions in decision-making by 2030.


Dr Rula wished the Prime Minister to take into consideration in the remaining four portfolios the appointment of women in the Justice, Education, Interior and Defense, pointing to the results of studies that confirm the role of women in the global effectiveness of reconciliation and peace and security committees and that women in positions of responsibility tend to adhere to the rules of good governance Integrity, transparency, accountability and democracy, directing public spending priorities towards improving services and infrastructure, and they are less corrupt than men and more environmentally friendly and employable women.


The head of the network explained the roles played by Ra’edat in the region and the achievements made during the past year. She also thanked the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament for hosting the meeting and the member of the executive office in Iraq, MP Huda Sajjad, who welcomed her. She praised her role in Parliament and in the network and commended the role of all members in Iraq and other parliaments of the region in achieving the objectives of the network.


The deputy head of the network for the Fertile Crescent, MP Huda Sajjad reviewed the 18 points included in the paper, which include proposals to amend legislation and policies, raising the representation of women in political parties and electoral lists to one-third.

She pointed out the obstacles faced by women candidates in the elections, including the monopoly of men in parties and electoral lists for most of the allocations allocated to finance the campaigns, which makes the task of women in competition harder, and the continued preference for male candidates for leadership positions despite the presence of qualified women, To the absence of women entirely from the formation of the new government, and the President of the nomination of the nomination of at least two women to the site of the Minister of Justice and Minister of Education.


Sajjad also referred to the outstanding performance of women deputies in the Iraqi parliament, the need to amend the Municipalities Law, the Local Councils Law and the Elections Law to ensure that the women's share in the lists is at least 30%, criticizing the system of declaring the winners as vague and interpretable by the Electoral Commission. The highest female vote winners are women's quota quota rather than the current unclear text, which gives UNHCR considerable powers in deciding candidate legal positions, which has led many candidates to challenge the results.


MP Intsar al-Jubouri, a member of the network of Ra’edat, reviewed a series of challenges facing women and proposed a number of legislative and political measures as solutions, including constitutional amendments to provide for the representation of women in the House of Representatives, governorates, districts and districts, the Council of the Union and other constitutional institutions, And the provision of representation of women in parties by not less than one third and help them to reach the leadership positions in the party, noting that without the interpretation issued by the Federal Court in 2007 to harm the representation of women in the elected councils. Jubouri also criticized the loss of female identity in the formation of Iraqi political parties, whether in constituent bodies or organic membership due to rubbery text in the law of parties, which provides for "respect for women's representation without specifying the proportion." It also stressed the need to involve women in national reconciliation committees and all issues of maintaining security and peace internally and externally in line with Security Council resolution 1325.


As reviewed by Dr. Sondos Abbas, gender adviser to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), conducted a number of surveys and studies on the status of Iraqi women and women in parties, parliament and municipalities, proposing a number of solutions.

Mr. Mekdad al-Sharifi, a former member of the Electoral Commission, also explained the system of announcing the winners of the quota seats, explaining that the Commission proposed many amendments to the election laws of the parliament, municipalities and local councils due to many shortcomings.


The attendees discussed many issues and challenges that Iraqi women face within the parties




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