“Advocating women’s right to equal representation in the decision making process is not only our duty towards women, it is our duty to our countries because women’s participation makes a difference and enhances the quality of policy making," says Dr Rula Alhroob, member of the Jordanian House of Representatives and President of the “Ra’edat” Network, the Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality.
Women have different levels of access to politics across the region. For instance, while Tunisia and Algeria have achieved a 30% representation of women in parliament, other countries still lag behind with a participation rate as low as 2% for women.Over 150 women parliamentarians and international organizations representatives from twenty countries gathered in a regional forum in Rabat, Morocco, on 9 and 10 February, 2016 to discuss a unified agenda towards a more gender-responsive policy in the region and the inclusion of women in politics. The Forum was organized by the “Ra’edat” Network, the European Union and UN Women, in the framework of the Spring Forward for Women programme. "A unified voice of Arab women parliamentarians who stand for hope and change in the Arab region will play an important role in the development, stability and democracy-building in this region." Said H.E. Rupert Joy, Head of EU Delegation to Morocco. For more on this, please go here.