BAGHDAD, ($1=1,459.91 Iraqi Dinars) – Today, September 11, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi called on women to participate widely in the early parliamentary elections, which will take place next month, on the sidelines of a conference on combating violence against women, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Al-Araby.
The country is continuing to prepare for the election, with some 3,500 candidates running, including more than 900 women, more than half of whom are running for the first time in Iraq’s fifth election since the 2003 US invasion.
Al-Kazemi said in a speech at a conference in Baghdad that “there is no solution in Iraq without elections” while acknowledging that “violations against women are still the most widespread”.
“We must emulate our original culture of respect for women,” he said, urging the interior and justice ministries to provide all necessary opportunities to protect women’s rights in the country.
The Iraqi prime minister stressed the need to pass laws that would help protect women from domestic violence.
In addition, Iraqi President Barham Salih said that “what women have been subjected to in decades of discrimination reminds everyone of the challenge of curbing this phenomenon,” explaining during a speech at the same conference that the world is looking forward to the Iraqi election with interest.
He called on all political and social forces to support the choice of voters in the election of their representatives, noting that the Iraqi situation needs structural reform.
Amar al-Hakim, leader of the State Forces Coalition, also called for the empowerment of women and to support them politically, economically, and socially, expressing hope that an end to all manifestations and practices of domestic and social violence against women and attempts to illegally restricting their influential presence in society.
“After nearly two decades of experience and democratic choice in our country, we must not be satisfied with the fight against violence against women, but we must strive to empower them and support their status and roles,” he added.
Women have the opportunity to get 83 seats in the next Iraqi parliament [329 members], according to the Iraqi constitution issued in 2005, which imposes a quota for women that requires women to be given at least a quarter of the seats.
The current election law, which will hold the next elections, also provides an important place for women in the division of constituencies according to the number of quotas for women in them, so that there are 83 constituencies in Iraq, ie the number of women in parliament. to ensure the victory of at least one woman in each constituency.
Feminist activist Sarah Al-Hafaji told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the constitution gives women an important opportunity to reach parliament, adding that “this was not properly done in parliament.”
She explained that Iraq still lacks leading women who can lead parties and political forces, adding: “Therefore, the role of women remains subordinate to traditional party leaders in recent election cycles.”
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