Algeria, Jordan collaborate to increase women in parliament

Published May 5th, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
The Jordanian parliament in 2014. (AFP/File)
The Jordanian parliament in 2014. (AFP/File)

Minister of National Solidarity, Family and Women’s Affairs, Mounia Meslem highlighted Wednesday, in Amman (Jordan), Algeria’s efforts in boosting women’s representation within the Parliament, which earned it the title of pioneer on the Arab scene.

Meslem, who received on behalf of Algeria, the Special Award of Women in Parliaments Global Forum held in Jordan, said in a statement to APS, that the promotion of the representation of women within the Parliament “allowed strengthening and updating the legal arsenal in favor of women,” underlining that the principle of equality enshrined in the Constitution is “a non negligible echo on the successive policies adopted by Algeria for the empowerment of women and the guarantee of her socio-professional integration as part of the fight against discrimination between the two genders.”

In this regard, she recalled that Algeria adopted a multidimensional policy in favor of women by ensuring a legal, socio-economic, cultural and political framework leading to a series of strategies to empower women and strengthen gender equality.

Regarding the presence of women in the process of decision making, the representative of the government ensured that the main reference of Algeria’s action “is reflected through the Revision of the Constitution in 2008 and the introduction of article 31a, which provides for the promotion of women’s political rights by optimizing her chances within both national and local elected assemblies.”

For the minister, the number of elected women to the People’s National Assembly (Lower House) went, thanks to this reform, from 30 out of 389 deputies in 2007 (7.7%) to 146 women out of 462 deputies (31.60%).

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