National Campaigns

 

Parliamentary Election Law

 
 

The JWU, in cooperation with the Danish organization KVINFO, has written and is currently promoting a draft for the parliamentary election law.   The initial stage of the project ran from 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2011.

 
 

 

Goal 1

 

To write a draft to change all articles that deprive Jordanians of the right to select the representative of their choice, focusing on the articles that are considered an obstacle to women’s participation in the elections

 

Goal 2 
 
 
 

To raise women’s participation in the elections, both as voters and as candidates


  Activities

  •  A committee consisting of activists, lawyers, and representatives from human rights organizations was established to write a memorandum suggesting amendments to the current law.

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    A local conference was held at the JWU at which representatives from civil society organizations, human rights organizations and women’s organizations discussed and approved the memorandum.  A coalition was established to promote the amendments.

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    Four conferences attended by representatives from women’s organizations and human rights organizations were held throughout the country. The focus of the conference was the memorandum, which was subsequently approved and signed.

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    The coalition chose representatives to deliver this memorandum to the government, the national committee and other stakeholders.

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    The coalition held a press conference to promote the suggested amendments.

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     A training of trainers (TOT) session was held for activists in the coalition. The training included electoral procedures; parliamentary procedures; explanations of the difference between the parliament and the municipality; the role of the parliamentarian in a democratic country; and who is elected.

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    The trainers selected at least 10 qualified participants from the TOT session to present subsequent training sessions on the same issues.

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    Twenty-four training courses were held in the different governorates so as to educate women as voters in the elections. Each course was given over two days.


Results


  • Twenty-five organizations were able to unify their vision of the elections.
  • One hundred organizations signed the memorandum. 

  •  Ten lawyers and several experts in women’s issues were ready to promote the memorandum through the media and through conferences.

  • Five hundred women became aware of the electoral process and the role of parliament.

  • Five hundred women were expected to support women candidates in the upcoming elections.


The project will continue.


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