Report of the Sub-Regional Forum on Women's Participation in Post-Revolution Parliamentary Elections
This report aims at documenting the proceedings of the Sub-Regional Forum on Women’s Participation in Parliamentary Elections in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya; the three Arab countries which are going through a transition period to build democracy, since 2011, following the Arab Spring revolutions. It presents comparative experiences, regional and international perspectives, as well as the discussions and debates that revolved around them. The Forum, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), brought together more than 120 participants from among policy and decision makers, legislators and national opinion leaders from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. It also included members of the committees for drafting of legislations (constitution or electoral laws); government representatives; elected and non-elected candidates (men and women); members from the main political parties; academia and the media; civil society organizations; women election observers; as well as representatives of international organizations. This varied group was selected to ensure the engagement of both men and women to support efforts and partnerships conducive to the achievement of gender equality, social justice and equal participation in the current democratic transition. It is hoped that this report will serve as a reference document for the three countries and for other countries in similar stages of democratic transitions.