International IDEA in Tunis and Raedat on the front lines for gender equality in Arab parliaments
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Despite the legal reforms that have been taken by various Arab countries following their ratification of various international agreements guaranteeing women's civil and political rights, women have not been able to achieve equal representation in elected councils.
From this perspective, the Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality—Ra'edat [Pioneers] represents an important platform that brings together former and current women parliamentarians who have made it their mission to reduce the gender gap in Arab countries, defend the values of equality in decision making, and devote women's rights as a prerequisite for achieving balanced development.
Although the network succeeded in bringing in many local, regional and international partners, and in implementing many interventions that covered various Arab countries, its work was not devoid of legal challenges, as the network was only registered in November 2021 in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan after many attempts to register it failed in other Arab countries.
Click here to read the full article published by International IDEA on 20 March 2023.