Political Participation

News from May 2011 Rabat Convening on Women and the Political Transitions in the MENA Region, and a Call for Action

May 25, 2011

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On May 20, 2011, representatives from civil society, women’s rights organizations, international organizations, including UN Women, the public sector and the diplomatic corps from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, convened in Rabat for a regional seminar on Women and Democratic Transitions in the MENA region.

Call for Support for the Feminist Spring for Democracy and Equality Coalition, Morocco

May 25, 2011

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Leading feminists from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia convened May 20-22, 2011 in Rabat for intensive discussions on the challenges to and strategies for advancing women's equality and full political participation in the wake of the Arab Spring.

WLP Morocco/ADFM's Memorandum to the Consultative Commission for the Constitutional Reform, Morocco

May 19, 2011

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Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) presented the following memorandum to the Consultative Commission for Constitutional Reform in Morocco to advocate for constitutional reforms in support of women's full equality in society.

                  

 

 

United States Senate Resolution on Women in the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic)

April 27, 2011

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كونغرس 112
الجلسة الأولى س. قرار. 109

تكريم ودعم النساء في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا اللواتي أثبتن بشجاعتهن ورحمتهن، وإلتزامهن بالتفاني من أجل الآخرين أن الشجاعة يمكن أن تكون مُعدية.

في مجلس شيوخ الولايات المتحدة
28 آذار/مارس 2011

الآنسة سْنُوٍي (عن نفسها، السيدة فينشتاين، السيدة موراي، السيدة بوكسر، السيدة هاغان، السيدة هاتشيسون، الآنسة كانتويل، الآنسة لاندريو، السيدة شاهين، الآنسة كولينز، الآنسة ستابناو، الآنسة آيوت، الآنسة ميكولشي، الآنسة ميركوفسكي، الآنسة كلوبوشار، السيدة ماكاسكيل، والسيدة غيليبراند) قدّمن القرار التالي؛ والذي أحيل إلى لجنة الشؤون الخارجية

United States Senate Resolution Honoring and Supporting Women in the Middle East and North Africa

April 27, 2011

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WLP would like to share U.S. Senate Resolution 109, passed April 14, 2011, honoring the brave efforts of women in the Middle East and North Africa, who peacefully and passionately protested over the past several months for democratic reforms and respect for all citizens' human rights. This resolution, introduced by Senator Olympia Snowe and co-sponsored by all seventeen women in the U.S. Senate, is available below in English.
In all of the nations that have experienced political upheavals during the Arab Spring, the work to ensure concrete democratic reforms and universal human rights for women and men has just begun. During this critical time, WLP will continue to support women in their struggle for full participation in the political process.

Online Resources for Political Participation Information and Support

April 19, 2011

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The Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA) works in cooperation with African Parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe, and facilitate African-European Parliamentary dialogue.

Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) is a registered national non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating for good governance, freedom, democracy, and gender equity in Sierra Leone.

Glossary of Political Participation Terms

April 19, 2011

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(excerpt from Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for Women)

Authoritarianism: A system of government in which leaders are not subject to the will of the governed. Individuals do not have freedom of thought or action, but must submit to the highest governing authority.

Political Participation Resources

 29 countries have reached the 30 percent mark in women's representation in parliament; at least 24 of those 29 have used quotas. 
— UN Women

WLP Nigeria/BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights Holds Political Education Training for Young Women

April 7, 2011

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On February 7-13, 2011, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights held a political education training for young women in Kogi State, Nigeria, using WLP's political participation manual Leading to Action. The training promoted gender sensitive culture within academic institutions, shared the principles of horizontal leadership, promoted women's visibility and involvement in strategic decision making positions, and contributed to building the self-esteem and confidence of participants to act as leaders in challenging situations.

Facts and Figures

Gender-disaggregated statistics to highlight inequitable patterns on Political Participation, Quotas, Education, Employment and Heatlh, and General Country Overview Data.

For more in-depth resources, including pointers to international agreements, a database on quota implementation, legal cases and comparisons, and reports of advocacy challenges by country, visit the legal, comparative and advocacy resources pages.

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