The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group held a meeting with the advisor of chief executive office on Women & Youth Affairs

The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group (WPRAG) held a meeting with the advisor of Chief executive on Women & Youth Affairs. The participants of this meeting were MPs, representative of Ministry of Women Affairs, representatives of political parties and civil society.  At the beginning of the meeting, Mrs. Surabi advisor of chief executive office on Women & Youth Affairs welcomed the participants of meeting and urged Mrs. Sima Ghani and Mariam Arween to begin the meeting.

Then, Mrs. Ghani said, “Some time ago FEFA held a survey to identify women challenges and evaluate women presence in political leadership level. The findings of this survey was shared with Mrs. Surabi and then Mrs. Surabi urged for sharing it with all WPRAG members to lobby for increasing women presence in political positions.” Mrs. Ghani added that two advocacy groups had prepared a list of elite women who are qualified for working in high political positions and shared with ministries but their work was not fruitful. “The members of WPRAG wanted to know what are women’s weakness to work change them to strengths so the WPRAG established a working committee to evaluate women weakness and prepare a list of elite women who are qualified for working in high political positions. The working committee succeeded to prepare the list within 4 month and now the list is presented to participants.” She said.

WPRAG (Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group)

FEFA believes enhancing the political participation of women in all aspects of democratic and political processes can strengthen the bases for peace-building process. Based on the challenges and problems faced by women candidates and voters in the past four elections, FEFA took the initiative to bring together a number of prominent women personalities and women rights activists and form an advocacy group that strives to seek out the best possible opportunity to ensure women’s concerns are addressed, their political interests are taken into account, and their potential contributions to peace and democracy are maximized.
The group was established following a session discussing the recommended policy drafted by FEFA on enhancing the role of the Ministry of Women Affairs in upcoming elections. The policy was proposed to help MoWA strengthen the political role of women and promote greater participation of women in upcoming elections.
The Committee meets every 15 days, and has so far had tremendously successful sessions with having most of its objectives accomplished including having the recommended policy being on the verge of approval at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. The members of the group regularly attend the meetings to help enrich the content of the discussions with their valuable ideas and suggestions.

Work Mechanism for Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group

1.0 Purpose:
The advocacy group that is established to strive for the women’s political rights during electoral process is composed of 6 MPs, 3 representatives from CSOs, 3 representatives from independent media outlets and 1 representative from the IEC.
WPRAG, a volunteer group is aimed at advocating women’s political rights in all democratic processes; especially elections.

2.0 Scope:
1. Discuss the challenges facing women during elections and seek resolution to the problems 2. Recommend policies on specific issues and present them to their appropriate agencies 3. Set up and participate at advocacy sessions 4. Promote public awareness on advocating women’s political participation in national political processes

3.0 Procedure:
3.1 Structure:
1. Sessions will be held every 15 days. For urgent sessions to be held, approval of one third of the members is required 2. 7 members of the group shall constitute a quorum to convene sessions 3. Quorum for decision-making is the majority vote of the members present (50+1) 4. Meeting minutes will be recorded and circulated to all the members of the group


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