Clockwise from top left) MP Khould Alkhatabeh, Senator Asma Khader, Senator Nawal Faouri, MP Wafa bani Moustafa, and MP Hind Al Fayez at WLP’s December 2012 MENA Regional TOT
Listen below to WLP’s interview with WLP Jordan/SIGI-J General Coordinator & Senator Asma Khader about this year’s achievements for women in politics in Jordan.
After years leading trainings and capacity building on women’s leadership and political participation based on WLP methodology, WLP Jordan/SIGI-J’s work has resulted in a number of key achievements in 2013. Most recently, in October SIGI-J General Coordinator Asma Khader along with Emily Naffa and Nawal Faouri, both of whom completed the WLP training program, were appointed to the Senate of Jordan, which includes a total of nine women in the seventy-five member body.
These newest appointments follow on the heels of the January 2013 election of three additional WLP training participants – Hind Al Fayez, Wafa bani Moustafa, and Khould Alkhatabeh – to Jordan’s lower house of Parliament.
SIGI-J’s hard work demonstrated additional impressive results this summer as well. While the country has a municipal women’s quota of roughly one third, women exceeded the quota in the August 2013 municipal elections. According to Khader, not only did the leadership and political participation trainings and outreach serve to bolster participants’ practical skills for engaging in campaigns, but they also shifted local perspectives on women’s ability and legitimacy as political leaders.
Warm congratulations to 2013’s new Jordanian Senators, MPs, municipal counselors, and to WLP Jordan/SIGI-J for this impressive year for women in Jordanian politics.
WLP’s interview with WLP Jordan/SIGI-J General Coordinator & Senator Asma Khader about this year’s achievements for women in politics in Jordan.