Reviewing the recommendations on E-Law

Women’s political rights advocacy group held one of its regular sessions on Monday June 10th in FEFA to review the group’s recommendations on the Elections Law, discuss preparing list of women willing to work as IEC’s civic educators and study FEFA’s recommendations on MoI’s policy concerning elections.
After reviewing the recommendations on E-Law the group decided to set an appointment with speaker of the Upper House (Mishrano Jirga) and head of the legislative committee to share the proposal. It is worth mentioning that the draft election law was referred to Mishra Jirga after the lower house (Wolesi Jirga) approved it a couple weeks ago.
The present members at the session promised they will cooperate in preparing list of women from different provinces who can work as IEC’s civic educators and share it with the Commission. It was also decided that the group will study FEFA’s recommendations for MoI and set a meeting time with the policy deputy minister to discuss the proposal.
At the end of the session, one of the members was able to make an appointment with the speaker of upper house and the next session of the group was set for June 24th.

Date : 10/06/2013

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“Women's entitlement to full participation in electoral processes can uphold transparency and accountability of elections” WPRAG

As we are about to take our initial steps towards elections, women’s political rights advocacy group developed a set of recommendations outlining major impediments hampering women’s participation during the voter registration process .
The outline was shared with the chief electoral officer of IEC who agreed with some of the recommendations while declaring some as being overwhelming in terms of time and budget. However, he promised all the recommendations will be taken into consideration in the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections of 2014 and/or parliamentary elections of 2015.

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WPRAG finalizing recommendations on E-Law

Following its consecutive discussions on the recommendations for reform of the Election law, WPRAG convened two sessions this month to finalize the content of the proposal.
Ms. Fawzia Kofi, head of the women’s affairs, civil society and human rights committee of Wolesi Jirga and a member of the WPRAG suggested having the proposal combined with proposals addressed to the committee with similar recommendations for reform of the Election Law by other civil society organizations and host a joint public presentation of the proposals.

An advocacy group needs to have connections with media and build strong coalitions in order to have a stronger voice to deliver its messages and make impact. Therefore, the group agreed with the suggestion and began brainstorming on the substance and structure of the consultation meeting where the proposals are to be presented. It was decided to have the proposals put together in different columns while leaving the third column vacant for the participants to include their views on the recommendations during the meeting. The conflicting elements of the proposals are to be identified and discussed in further detail throughout the session. It was also suggested to have all the female MPs, members of the committees of Wolesi Jirga and Mishrano Jirga, media and other national and international guests invited to the consultation meeting. The group postponed further discussion on the methodology of the meeting to their next session.

Meeting with the Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group (WPRAG)

FEFA held its second meeting with Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group (WPRAG) on November 25 to further discuss the Recommended Policy and to review the work mechanism drafted by FEFA. The group was created to act as an informal group of volunteers striving not only to advocate FEFA’s Recommended Policy on Enhancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Process but women’s political rights in all aspects of democratic and political processes.
According to the agenda, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs was to have a representative sent to the session to present the summary of their work and their future approaches to the approval of the policy. However, despite FEFA’s consistent attempts, the Ministry refused to send delegates to the session.
WPRAG debated the policy in greater detail and while making few adjustments they suggested having the group’s name mentioned alongside FEFA’s in the draft policy. The group also reviewed the work mechanism and considered a few changes for further improvement of the draft.
At the meeting it was decided that FEFA in cooperation with the WPRAG will set up a meeting with the Minister of the MoWA to discuss the policy and hopefully seek a way to accelerate the approval process of the draft policy.

Women’s Political Rights Must Be Taken into Consideration in the Election Law

Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group presented its formulated recommendations for the reform of the election law to the members of Parliament, CSOs and media through a press conference. The group emphasized on the significant role of women in elections and declared, “The role of women must be considered in Election Law and in the regulations of all electoral bodies”.
Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group is composed of 13 active and prominent members of the national assembly, representatives of CSOs, IEC, Ministry of women Affairs and media who thrives to strengthen the role of women in political processes, especially election. FEFA provides the group with technical facilitation. The group has so far conducted several meetings and the formulation of recommendations on specific women clauses of the Election Law highlights the outcome of their meetings.
Setting out constituencies in elections, allocating seats for women and candidacy criterion for women candidates, considering gender balance in the composition of electoral bodies’ management (IEC, ECC and media commission of the IEC) and other issues codified in the electoral law were the articles the group mainly focused on while generating the recommendations.


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