Jordan: WEM International – the role of women in EMBs

Women on the decision-making level should have a larger representation in the electoral processes  – this was the message of the Women in Electoral Management – (WEM International) at the regional workshop “Role of Electoral Management Bodies in Enhancing Women’s Participation in Elections”, which took place in Jordan on 19-21 April 2016.

Worldwide, women head only 1 out of 10 electoral bodies. “Practice shows that electoral bodies are the largest employers in any country – tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of job created to organize and conduct elections! Now imagine what contribution we could have to promoting equal opportunities,” stated Natalia Iuraș, focal point WEM International.

She presented her own story, but also the actions taken by the Moldovan electoral authority to provide equal representation of both genders in elections: two gender audits, collection of data disaggregated by gender about voters and candidates, motivational and leadership trainings, etc.

The delegation composed of the WEM International focal point - Mrs. Natalia Iuras, Director of the Centre for Continuous Electoral Trainings (CICDE), and Dr. Iurie Ciocan, the Chairperson of CEC Moldova, promoted the initiative to establish the International Association of Women in Electoral Management Bodies (WEM-International) as a tool empower women to accede to the decision-making level and challenge stereotypes.

The workshop in Jordan was organized as a platform for discussions and exchange of experience on the role of electoral bodies in promoting women’s participation in elections. Representatives of electoral authorities from Europe, Asia, South Africa and Latina America took part in the event.