Moroccan activists prepare for politics
14-16 June 2019 was the successful first edition of the #AllianceForInclusiveGovernance in Rabat. Purpose of this Alliance? To make a positive contribution to democratization in the Arab region by training young women.
Female political participation and inclusive leadership were the themes of the kick-off of the Alliance for Inclusive Governance.
Moroccan women aged between 20 and 35 from suburban and rural areas participated. Each training was concluded with a number of recommendations with which activists and politicians can influence their national legislation and / or decision-making processes.
Women often play a central and a catalysing role in movements for democracy around the world. When the so called Arab spring started in Tunisia, Egypt and later Syria (young)women played a pivotal role, no one thought that it was the beginning of a historical era.
When it comes to politics, (young) women are often marginalized because of their gender, social norms and limited opportunities. And because politics is mostly regarded as a space for politically experienced men, women - including young women - are excluded or overlooked as candidates for any decision making.
Aging male community
The exclusion of (young) women is unfortunately not limited to political parties. A quick mapping of the Arab human right organizations unveils a sad reality of an aging male community which failed to trust and include (young) women for reasons still under research. The outcome is a wide gap, less engagement in voting or political activism of (young) women. The Alliance for Inclusive Governance wants to change this.
About the Alliance for inclusive governance
The Alliance for inclusive governance has the specific objective of inclusive political leadership, with specific attention to the rule of law and protection of human rights. Inclusive leadership is not only crucial for achieving political success, but also for achieving full equality and social justice. The aim of the International Alliance is to support women human rights activists and politicians in MENA in strengthening their role during important political decision-making processes. In order to ultimately make a valuable contribution to the development of their constitutional state. In addition, the aim of the Alliance is to share knowledge and experience between Dutch politicians and female human rights activists from the Arab region.
Made possible by D66 Internationaal
Special thanks to Eduardo Frei Foundation, Foundation Max van der Stoel, NIMD and VVD Internationaal.