This practice addressed the need to improve the representation of women in the political life. In 2005, CIDDEF conducted a comparative study on the representation of women in political bodies between Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. From this study, the CIDDEF contacted 8 Algerian political parties of different views and 10 associations to designate a group of 30 women who could follow a training cycle in order to strengthen their capacities and to help them get into politics. At the end of trainings, a coalition of 30 political women was created to advocate for the introduction of a quota system. This advocacy has resulted in the Constitution’s introduction of the Article 31a which states "The State works to promote political rights of women by increasing their chances of access to representation in elected bodies."
At the same time, women who formed the coalition have begun raising awareness among their political parties to support the introduction of the quota system and 20 among 30 trained women ran for elections.
A few years later, the CIDDEF was back to the same work, relying on militants from political parties. This time the goal was that the implementing legislation for the establishment of the quota system was effective. The law was passed on 12 January 2012, which led to the election of 147 women (31%) in the parliament.
This practice has been selected within the framework of the WINS CSO project "Capacity-building in the Southern Mediterranean to Open Policy Dialogue and MonitoringforWomen IN Society”, with the support of the European Union’s Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility.
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 Foreign Affairs and International Development 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.