Members of the Arab Female Parliamentarian Network for Equality (Pioneers) meet to finalize their plans and prepare for a regional forum

Added on:  30-Jul-2015

Cairo, 30 July 2015. Members of the Arab Female Parliamentarian Network for Equality (Pioneers) met from 29-30 July 2015 to discuss the general work plan and the plans of sub-committees. The meeting included agreement to prepare for an international forum, a publicity campaign towards the end of this year to promote and spread awareness of the network, and a discussion about organizing an annual event to celebrate the Arab female parliamentarian. 

Through present and former Arab female parliamentarians the network seeks to formulate policies that respect gender equality in the Arab region with the aim of bridging the gender gap in Arab countries by 2030.

According to Dr Rula Alhroob, member of the Jordanian House of Representatives and President of the Arab Female Parliamentarian Network for Equality “Pioneers”, “We now aim to broaden the membership of the network and build strategic alliances with active regional and international entities. Under our strapline “We meet in order to advance” we have met this time to discuss and affirm the committees’ action plans, including those of the Political, Publicity, Legal and Social Committee, and the Monitoring and Research Committee.”

The members also discussed a communication and promotion strategy for the network and preparations for a regional and international forum in Cairo in December 2015 that will discuss the challenges faced in raising the rate of female representation in the elected houses. There was also an exchange of ideas about the organization of an annual event to celebrate the Arab female parliamentarian and to honour these pioneers.

About the Network of Arab Women Parliamentarians for Equality “Pioneers”

The Arab Female Parliamentarian Network for Equality “Pioneers” is a parliamentary network concerned to defend the achievement of gender equality and equality of opportunity. The network aims to unite the efforts of present and former parliamentarians in the Arab world to raise the rate of female representation in decision-making positions in order to achieve parity by 2030. Political empowerment is a priority for the work of the network to change the legislation regulating the political environment, in particular the election laws for the houses of parliament, municipal councils and local government, and the laws for political parties. The network operates as a pressure group on government policies to adopt strategic agendas and plans supporting women and encourage transformation towards gender-sensitive budgets. It also seeks to activate funds and programmes dedicated to the empowerment of women economically, politically and socially. The network supports the regional programme for the political and economic empowerment of women in the southern Mediterranean region, Spring Forward for Women, financed by the European Union and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

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