Arab Parliament intends to issue Arab Charter for Women’s Rights

WAM Cairo, 1st Feb. 2014 (WAM) — The Arab Parliament (AP) is intending to issue an Arab charter for women’s rights.

”The charter will serve as a legislative and reference framework which guides law-makers to draft laws regarding women’s rights. The charter, which should be unanimously approved by Arab parliaments, will take into consideration the special cultural and civilsiational identity of Arab women,” Ahmed Mohammed Al Jarwan, Speaker of AP, told the second workshop on political rights of Arab women, organised by the AP in Cairo.

He affirmed the importance of active participation of women in political life as part of their contribution to national development of their homeland.

Women, he asserted, should be empowered to run for higher decision-making and responsibility positions as well as for trade unions and civil society organisations and express their opinion freely.

The AP, he added, was striving to broaden the scope of women’s effective engagement in political scene as they had proven their merit as active actors in the democratic transition as witnessed recently in Tunisia and Egypt.

The two-day workshop is part of preparations for the Conference on Arab Women and Present Challenges: Towards an Arab Charter for Women’s Rights; scheduled to be held in the UAE next June.

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