From the NY Times: Changes in Iraq Election Law Weaken Quota for Women
A little more than two weeks before Iraq’s provincial elections, there is widening anger that the published version of the election law has only a weak provision to set aside seats for women.
It is almost embarrassing to have to put this in a law but the truth is if it were not the chance of women being elected into provincial councils will be very slim. Getting the law to insure that every third winner is a woman took a lot of time to achieve. The problem with this as the Times article points out is the following:
The approach applies only to parties that have multiple candidates and win multiple seats. That may work in more populous provinces…[…] But in other provinces, some parties that win seats may consist of only one or two local leaders — and they are rarely women.
What women’s rights activists and parliamentarians are calling for is that the ‘every third winner’ should be changed to ‘every third seat’. This would mean that a quota of one third is maintained even if smaller parties don’t get more than their two male representatives in.
With the Iraqi population leaning towards a female majority after all those wars we’ve been through I think it is only fair that the provincial council and even parliament reflect this.
I am curious as what the women parliamentarians can achieve within the next two weeks in regards to the law.