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Jordan has ‘crystal-clear’ decision to support women’s political participation — Najjar

By JT - Nov 21,2021 - Last updated at Nov 21,2021

Culture Minister Haifa Najjar speaks during the launch of a field study implemented by the Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality on Sunday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — Jordan has a “crystal-clear” political decision to support women’s participation in political life, notably their representation in Parliament, Culture Minister Haifa Najjar said on Sunday.

During the launch of a field study implemented by the Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality "Ra'edat", ("Pioneers" in English), Najjar said that this orientation is in line with the output of the Royal Committee to Modernise the Political System, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

The study was conducted between March 2020 and September 2021, surveying 30 women parliamentarians from 13 Arab countries: The UAE, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen.

The results showed that women's representation in Arab parliamentary bodies has not reached 20 per cent, as women participation rate in Arab countries is the lowest at an average of 17.8 per cent in 2021, below the international average of 25.5 per cent in 2021, Petra added.

 

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