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Involvement or Participation of Women in the Elected Councils
7 / 12 / 2017

Involvement or Participation of Women in the Elected Councils

On 30/11/2017, the Kurdish Institute for Elections (KIE ) has presented a seminar that explains the public policy paper under the name "Involvement or Participation of Women in the Elected Councils of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region" in Café Net in Amna Suraka in Sulaimaniyah city. This seminar was presented by Vena Kamal and Shwan Kamal, whom have both prepared this paper. They therefore explained the content of this paper and introduced it to 35 audiences, including parliamentarians, women activists, civil society, professors, university students, intellectuals, and journalists ... etc. Those audiences have enriched this seminar through their interest and sharing of their views and ideas in it.
In 2005, the quota system was adopted in Iraqi Kurdistan parliament, According to the law, 30% of the total seats of the parliament, provincial council, and the districts were determined. Therefore, it is important that after crossing one decade, an assessment must be made of the quota system of women, in order to know the role of this system in our lives regarding the responsibility of women as a political, social and heritage responsibility. This paper presents two ways or alternatives to women's participation in electoral councils: the first is the quota system by law, and the second is the independent participation of women in elections.
This paper is intended to attract activists in the field of women's rights and civil society organizations and the decision-makers in the Kurdistan Region for this quota and put it under examination and evaluation of its positive and negative aspects. If it turns out that the problem lies in the ratio being small, then this ratio should be increased. But if it turns out that the system (the quota system) is in itself more harmful than being beneficial, then civil attempts should be made to pay attention to other methods or alternatives that were stated in that paper.
The paper "Involvement or Participation of Women in the Elected Councils of the Kurdistan Region" is one of the public policy papers prepared by the Kurdish Institute for Elections (KIE) with the Project on Middle East for Democracy (POMED) in the form of a joint venture.

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