Canada hosts women leaders from across MENA region in Amman
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Press Release — The Canada-hosted 2023 FemParl Middle East and North Africa conference opened today in Amman, Jordan. FemParl, an initiative launched in 2018, stems from Canada’s commitment to gender equality and empowerment, and its deep belief that women belong everywhere decisions are being made.اضافة اعلان

“By bringing together women politicians and leaders from across the region to learn from each other, build collaborative relationships and engage in interactive discussions with subject-matter experts from government, civil society and think tanks, FemParl aims to galvanize efforts to advocate for more inclusive policies and to pave the way for more women to engage in politics and take on leadership roles”, explained Ambassador of Canada to Jordan, H.E. Tarik Ali Khan.

This year’s conference is focused on the challenge posed by various forms of online violence for women actively engaged in the public sphere, whether in politics, journalism or other fields.

The internet has become a vital space for communication, information-sharing and connection, and an indispensable tool for engaging in political and public life. At the same time, however, online platforms are increasingly used as vectors for perpetrating violence and abuse such as harassment, intimidation, disinformation, bullying, blackmail, defamation, stalking and threats. The safe use of the internet is essential to women’s political empowerment.

As observed by Jordan’s Minister of Social Development, H.E. Wafa Bani Mustafa, who was a keynote speaker at the conference, “women should not bear additional costs as a result of their participation in public affairs or political work. A safe electronic space must be provided for women involved in public affairs, in which society is aware of the importance of women’s role as partners in decision-making”.

This year’s FemParl conference is the third to be held in the MENA region. Previous conferences took place in Beirut and Cairo (2019) and Tunis (2020). Delegates to the Amman conference come from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, and the Palestinian Territories. 

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