Women Make Gains in Elections

Najib told Al-Monitor: “Women winning parliamentary seats without the help of a quota system indicates that there is a shift in the awareness of Iraqi voters. Many of them are taking into consideration the ability of the candidate to convince them and express their will, regardless of the candidate’s gender.”

Najib, who also won a parliamentary seat in the previous round, explained: “As we all know, the women’s quota system is usually applied in male-dominant societies to preserve the share of women. If we compare current and past results, one can note the relative shift in the way Iraqis are dealing with the issue of women running for parliamentary elections.”

She added: “Women proved that they are no different from men if circumstances were suitable for them to perform their parliamentary task in the best way possible.”

The female winners hope for the next round of elections to be more just for women, notably in terms of executive posts, contrary to the composition of the last government.

Said Fatlawi: “Votes grant women more power, enthusiasm and popular support within the parliament. This should also be reflected on the representation of women in the three premierships and executive positions.”

Fatlawi told Al-Monitor that women are “seeking to assume ministries and key positions, contrary to the last government, whose form was unjust toward women," explaining, "In the 2010 government, women were granted the Ministry of Women’s Affairs only. Plus, women were not represented in the three premierships.

“We hope to overcome the sexist complex characterizing [Iraqi] political coalitions.”

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