Regional Meeting of Women Parliamentarians: June 9-11, 2012

 

On June 9-11, 2012, IF held the Regional Meeting of Women Parliamentarians from the MENA Region in Amman, Jordan in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) and supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The conference aimed to expand Parliamentarians’ horizons, exchange successful methods for overcoming challenges, and facilitate communications among Parliamentarians.

The regional meeting explored how Iraqi and regional women parliamentarians in the Middle East can increase their effectiveness through networking, building alliances, and improving women’s leadership. The goal of the conference was to pair Iraqi women parliamentarians (IWPs) with experienced members of parliament (MPs) from the region and throughout the world. Participants from throughout the region discussed methods for strengthening women’s political participation by sharing their personal and professional experiences, knowledge, political achievements, and best practices.  At the end of the conference, participants agreed upon a 15-point set of recommendations on the topics discussed above and on future needs of women MPs, including the establishment of a cross-regional network.

A total of 36 participants attended the meeting including Iraqi and regional Parliamentarians, international experts, IF Staff, and WWICS Staff.

Selected photos:

 

June 9, 2012: Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (Executive Director of the Iraq Foundation) talking in the Regional Meeting of the Regional Meeting of Women Parliamentarians from the MENA Region.

June 9, 2012: Ms. Maha Al-Nuaimi (UN Women Representative) talking in the Regional Meeting for Women Parliamentarians from the MENA Region

June 9, 2012: Ms. Meg Munn, British member of Parliament and international expert, discussing how women can be active parliamentarians – Regional Meeting for Women Parliamentarians from the MENA Region.


June 10, 2012: Presentation by the International Experts (Ms. Begona Lasagabaster, and Ms. Frances Guy) – Regional Meeting for Women Parliamentarians from the MENA Region.


June 10, 2012: Regional Meeting for Women Parliamentarians from the MENA Region.

June 10, 2012:  Discussions in session 2 about the constitutional guaranties for the women’s right of participation including the quota system


June 11, 2012:  3rd day of the Regional Meeting, discussing building up the constituency

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