Parliamentarians from the Arab States shares experiences, best practices in addressing gender discrimination in the legislation
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Amman, Jordan. Held under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Atef Tarwaneh, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Coalition of Women Members of Parliament from Arab Countries to Combat Violence against Women - in partnership with the Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and with the generous support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - hosted a regional dialogue on addressing gender discrimination in the legislation and the role of Members of the Parliament.
H.E. Wafa Bani Mustafa, Representative of the Coalition
The event was held at the Parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. It featured the participation of Members of the Parliament from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, who shared their countries’ experiences in promoting legislative reforms on women’s empowerment as well as future priority areas of action.
Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Representative.
During the session, IRCKHF presented the findings of the recently developed research ‘Gender Discrimination in Jordan’, which identifies key socio-economic dynamics and legislative barriers hampering women’s empowerment in Jordan, providing a set of policy recommendations for decision makers, legislators, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders. Building on a complementary presentation by the Musawa Network, the dialogue offered an opportunity for Members of the Parliamentarians to discuss strengthening measures and mechanisms to address persistent inequalities and acceleration action to promote women’s empowerment in all sphere of life.
“,” affirmed Dr. Aida Essaid, IRCKHF’s Director.
This initiative is part of the project “From principle to practice: understanding stereotypes that discriminate against women and pave the way for policy reform” implemented by IRCKHF in partnership with UN Women with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The project aims at providing evidence and expertise on gender-sensitive policy formulation to national institutions engaged in the design and implementation of national plans, strategies and programme on women’s empowerment, enhancing accountability and impact, while fostering national and regional networks to facilitate the shar best practices.
“ said Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Netherlands, Marc Hasselaar.
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