Algeria, first Arab country to get over 30% of female representation in elected Assemblies

APS : Sunday, 18 March 2018
ALGIERS- Director of Regional Bureau for the Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mourad Ouahba affirmed Saturday, in Algiers that Algeria “is the first Arab country to get over 30% of female
representation in the elected Assemblies.”
In his speech in the 1st International Conference on promoting women’s involvement in politics, organized at the Palace of Nations, Ouahba said that “Algeria is the first Arab country to get over 30% of female representation in elected assemblies,” which is considered as an “effective” participation of women in decision-making process.
The official also welcomed “the Algerian experience in supporting the struggle of women by strengthening their effective participation in the public life, notably in the political process as electors and elected representatives.”
“The theme of the conference has a great importance for UNDP, as we hope that Algeria will have a pioneering contribution to the strengthening of women’s political involvement, at the level of the Arab zone and beyond its borders,” said the official.
He hailed “the enlightened constitutional revisions” adopted by Algeria to reaffirm the State’s commitment to taking the necessary measures for the consolidation of female involvement in the elected assemblies and daring legislations which enshrined this commitment on the ground through the implementation of the quota system devoted to women on the electoral rolls.”
UNDP, added Ouahba, “closely cooperates with the Algerian government to support its progress policies aimed at strengthening gender equality in the light of the results obtained in the previous phases of cooperation in this field.”
“It is important for the United Nations that the conference is organized under the patronage of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika,” he affirmed, underlining that “the conference shed light on the promotion of women’s political rights, considered as one the greatest priorities of reform and sustainable development.

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