On April 1st, 2019, Hiwar Center for Youth and Women’s Empowerment organized a policy dialogue in Ramallah (Palestine) on women’s participation in public life. The event aimed at raising political parties, politicians and the broader public’s awareness on the importance of women´s contribution to the decision-making, while advocating for the raise of women’s quotas in elected bodies to 30% instead of the 20% currently stipulated by the Palestinian law on local elections.
In her opening-speech, Mrs. Iman Abdul Rahman, Head of Hiwar center, explained that this dialogue is meant to complement the "Elections are you and I, not you without me” campaign which was conducted in the three towns of Beitunia, Kafarnaama and Deir Ibzia in order to highlight the importance of women’s effective participation in local political entities.
Over 65 eminent figures from different political parties and factions such as Khalida Jarrar, from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Siham Al Barghouthi, ex-Minister of culture and member of the Palestinian Democratic Union, participated in this dialogue, along with representatives of the government of the Palestinian Authority, the ministries of Local Government, Women’s Affairs and the Foreign Affairs and Expatriates-, as well as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, and the General Union of Palestinian Women. The dialogue also included representatives of local associations, international NGOs and agencies such as UN Women, GIZ, academics, from Al Khalil University in particular, and number of civil society actors.
The dialogue resulted in several recommendations, particularly:
Both the policy dialogue and campaign are part of the project CSO WINS «Capacity building in Southern Mediterranean to open policy dialogue and monitoring for women in society» funded by the European Union. CSO WINS is coordinated by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) within the framework of the action of the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation (FFEM), in partnership with the Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association – Asala, Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), Association Djazairouna for the Victims of Terrorism, Forum Femmes Méditerranée (FFM), the Federation of Women´s Rights’ Leagues (Fédération des ligues des droits des femmes, FLDF) and the Euro-Mediterranean Academic and Scientific Network on Women and Gender (Réseau universitaire et scientifique euro-méditerranéen sur les femmes et le genre – RUSEMEG)
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This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.