Counting (on) women in Politics: Experiences from Morocco and Tunisia
The Division for Gender Equality is organizing a conference on Women’s Political Participation in Morocco and Tunisia on June 28th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room IX at UNESCO HQ. The Conference, ‘Counting (on) women in Politics: Experiences from Morocco and Tunisia’, is the conclusion of a 3-year long project that the Division for Gender Equality has been working on together with local partners and UNESCO/Rabat Office, to assess, through field research women’s political participation in Tunisia and Morocco.
This conference will be divided in two segments: the first part will present the key findings and recommendations produced through field research on women’s political participation in Tunisia and Morocco; the second part of the conference will then aim to generate further recommendations to support future policies and actions to empower women politically in the region through a debate between academics, civil society actors and international organizations.
Following recent political developments in Tunisia and Morocco, with funding from the Japanese Funds-in-Trust, UNESCO commissioned research in Tunisia and Morocco to explore whether quantitative measures are leading to qualitative transformations in women’s participation in politics. By looking at the experiences of women in different political parties, this research found that multiple challenges constraints the ability of quantitative measures to facilitate women’s access to political participation. These constraints range from socio-cultural factors, economic and regional inequalities to negative gender stereotypes concerning the ability of women to engage in politics including gender discrimination within political parties and in work environments in general.
The policy recommendations generated through the research and policy debate will be incorporated into the final report and policy brief (due to be published August 2016).
We welcome you to join us and participate in the discussion with the experts.