The agenda of the female parliamentarians workshop : - This workshop is an important gate to build trust and relationships with the parliament , so the opening session of workshop included a speech to the Speaker of parliament who introduced by UMF president who provide a definition of the initiative and the aim of the workshop, the workshop agenda consisting of numbers of previous parliamentarians and other experts from media , academic and civil society contributions and interventions to provide their expertise for new elected women , where each of them offered his view about the representative role of MPs .
The presentation about the legislative and observing role of MPs and the parliament committees membership between reality and the rules of procedure by the legal adviser of the Parliament who received important questions and interventions by female MPs. The presentation about coalitions building and advocacy & lobbying inside Parliament by Mr. Yasser Saleh who works as a consultant in the National Alliance Office. the workshop ended by welcoming and introducing the partners CSOs in the four target governorates and held work groups between the participants female parliamentarians in each governorate separately with the head of each partner CSO to discus the future activities and means of coordination .
The most important outputs of the workshop:-
1-The distinguished presence of personalities and different parties in the workshop , while the opening session has been attended by The Speaker Dr. Salim al-Jubouri, who supported the workshop to confirm his interest in the role of women , Ms. Shatha Alabbosi the former MP and the adviser of the parliament President , Ms. Rana Haddad representative of Iraq UN-Woman Office director , Ms. Alaa al-Sadoun the former MP, as well as the presence and participation of the former and current MP Ms. Intisar Jubouri in the workshop, and this marks the interest and support of the Parliament to this initiative
2- The female parliamentarians (%) response to attend and participate in the workshop has reached (70.5%) were invited (17) elected women for the first time in the four target governorates while (12) of them have responded by attendance and participation, while (8) interventions important and high value contributions included (20) questions , as well as attendance of uninvited MPs from out of the target governorates to take advantages , their presence can be described as high-commitment and involvement
3-The participated parliamentarians expressed their need to repeat these initiatives and have shown their desire to get training sessions to review and discuss different subjects, especially with regard to the rules of procedure and the Constitution as well as media appearance training and other parliamentary skills, it is worth mentioning that the MPs training workshops have receded dramatically after a stop of the international organization such as (NDI & IRI) their activities , which was providing specialist training , we have an integrated program of guiding sessions by experts with various topics as well as training workshops within the empowerment initiative , we seek to complete it through the support and continuous coordination with Parliament
4- The participants expressed their attention to the information and experiences provided by the guests and lecturers, and in light of this rich expertise and experience that has been displayed by the former MPs , UMF suggests to utilize from these possibilities in any workshop or session for discussion or a seminar and not to reliance on foreign coaches or the imported expertise because they will not correspond with the political conditions in Iraq and they will not provide the useful possibilities for trainees
5- Agreement with female parliamentarians on the mechanism of communication with local leaders and with the UMF initiative in order to activate their representative support the voters needs inside the parliament sessions and follow up their implementation. UMF seeks by the initiative activities to establish a political consulting clinic in collaboration with politicians inside the House of Parliament
6- Referring and introduce the establishment of the political training Academy of political within the activities of the initiative, which will provide (12) sessions in different parliamentary topics and we will take into account the female parliamentarians priorities and needs which they have listed below :-
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