FEFA's Meeting with WPRAG on MoWA's E-Policy

FEFA’s Women Outreach division held a meeting on November 8, 2012 to present and discuss the recommendations for MoWA’s electoral policy. The meeting was attended by a number of prominent personalities and women rights activists whose main goals evolve around women’s full accessibility to their political rights. Taking all the challenges and problems women faced as either candidates or voters in the past four electoral cycles into account, the policy was drafted and proposed by FEFA and was shared with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in order to enable this government institution to play its part effectively in strengthening the political role of women in upcoming elections.
A brief introduction of the policy was presented and the goals and expectations of the meeting were set clear at the beginning of the meeting. A PowerPoint presentation prepared by FEFA’s Women Outreach Officer explicitly highlighted the main objectives of the policy. The attendees were then given the time to present their opinions, ask questions and make suggestions for further betterment of the recommended policy. The participants showed their appreciation on the efforts made by FEFA in drafting such insightful recommendations for MoWA’s electoral policy and for conducting such a valuable meeting. The policy was approved by all present.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Given the acknowledged importance of both democratic elections and the significant role of women in peace-building, enhancing women’s participation in elections in post-conflict societies is essential to building peace and democracy. However, having women’s equal involvement and full participation especially in post-conflict countries is laborious and needs the integral efforts of the government institutions, civil society and private sectors. The Afghan government’s initial practices of democracy has somewhat strengthened the role of women in political processes. However, women’s participation in elections has overall been very weak. As the experiences of previous elections show lack of an effective mechanism to strengthen cooperation among government institutions and CSOs has been the substantial problem in this regard. To avoid this obstacle, it is necessary to identify the baseline challenges and enhance the level of collaboration among these entities...

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FEFA’s Recommendations for MoWA’s Electoral Policy

FEFA  believes that MoWA (Ministry of Women’s Affairs), as a national institution protecting women’s rights can play a pivotal role in ensuring women’s full participation in all aspects of political processes. By strengthening its role, MoWA can exert meaningful influence on women’s participation in elections. It is evident that there still exist many remaining obstacles to women’s political participation in elections, including gender stereotypes, psychological and traditional barriers, and inequalities in education, training and resources. Therefore it is necessary to eliminate these challenges that are proved to be serious impediments to women’s participation. FEFA believes if certain changes are developed in the laws and are properly implemented, they can help enhance women’s political rights and electoral participation.

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