Network of Arab Women in Elections launches in Tunis
05/10/2019 20:37, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The Network of Arab Women in Elections was launched Saturday in Tunis as part of a joint initiative involving the Arab Organisation for Electoral Management Bodies (ArabEMBs), the UNDP Regional Electoral Support Project and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

This network, which includes Arab electoral management bodies and civil society organisations, will represent according to officials a source of information about women’s participation in elections in member countries and in the region.

It is intended to increase women’s participation in elections and create new opportunities to influence decisions and public views in connection to women's political participation.

Officials said the network will operate under the aegis of the ArabEMBs so as to strengthen women’s political participation in the Arab region as voters and candidates.

They added that the network will reinforce the positive impact of women's participation in public life, set regional standards, mainstream the gender approach in policies and implement programmes tailored for women during elections.

ArabEMBs Chairman and President of the Independent Election Commission of Jordan Khalid al Kalaldeh hailed Tunisia’s successful democratic transition and women’s effective contribution to shaping the political landscape as well as their significant representativeness in decision-making positions.

He said Arab countries will share election experiences and support will be provided to countries making their first steps on the pathway to democracy; women's political empowerment will also be a key goal.

President of the Independent High Authority for Elections (French: ISIE) Nabil Baffoun said the launch of the network in Tunis is highly symbolic given the successful polls held so far and progress made in consolidating women's rights and their political participation.

Minister of Women, Family, Children and the Elderly Affairs Naziha Laabidi also laid emphasis on the importance of this network which, she said, will help increase women’s presence in making-decision posts.

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