Boost for women’s role in FNC elections

Jun 7, 2015

UNDP in collaboration with the General Women Union has successfully organized a 3-day training with the aim of supporting women candidates to be qualified and prepared for the upcoming National Council Elections that will take place in October, 2015.

More than 20 Emirati women participated in the training that was delivered in a dynamic learning environment conducive to strengthening participants’ capacities and promoting their participation in the political sphere. The workshop started by an opening speech delivered by the Chancellor and the international parliamentary expert Dr. Ali Moussa, of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates, where he simply defined the meaning and importance of political participation in general and women’s influence on the matter.

In addition, Dr.Khaled Hassan, a Senior legal adviser at the Ministry of State For FNC Affairs participated as a key Speaker. “I believe this year we will see more participation from women”, he said. “We consider women’s participation the first step towards empowerment.” Another speaker Ahlam Al Lamki, research and development manager at the General Women’s Union, said: “Our aim is to increase political awareness and participation among Emirati women.”

The training also included lessons learned and knowledge sharing among the participants. Those working in areas related to the electoral administration were exposed to a comprehensive information resource. Some of the key areas that the training covered were areas such as learning strategies and tactics for candidates in local elections, how to plan your campaign, challenges prior, during and post elections and much more.

Based on the success of this training, UNDP and the General Women’s Union agreed to replicate the training in 4 different Emirates: Al Ain, Sharjah, Al Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
Contact informationRana Aly
Programme Assistant
Email: Rana.aly@undp.org
Contact :00971 2 6961905

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