About Us

Mission

Promoting justice, citizenship, and equality in the political space in the Arab region in order to represent women and their issues in decision-making positions and the public sphere.


Vision

Towards democratic societies where women have equal opportunities to fully exercise their political rights.


Goals and Objectives

  • Supporting democracy, political dialogue, and peace building.
  • Integrating women and their issues into public policies, political processes, and mechanisms.
  • Legal and constitutional reform to enhance women’s political participation and representation.
  • Capacity development and exchange of experiences.
  • Feminist advocacy and solidarity.

Our Mission, Vision, and Objectives

Background

During the past decade, the Arab region witnessed many uprisings and revolutions against regimes, and the demands of the civil movements at that time were linked to the establishment of democracy, social justice, and the rights for all citizens. Multiple internal, regional and international factors played a major role in the paving the way for democratic transition in the region, yet this transition was obstructed, resulting in many wars and an increase in societal violence, which has negatively affected the conditions of women, ethnic, religious and gender minorities, and people with disabilities. The rates of violence against women and minorities have increased taking the form of targeting based on gender, also the rates of sexual violence and rape have increased, as well as violence within the family.

Women’s participation in the political sphere and public positions in our region is considered one of the lowest rates for women in the world. Despite the introduction of imperfect forms of positive discrimination by non-democratic regimes, there has been an incomplete participation of women within public field and the political sphere. With the change occurring over the past decade, women, their issues, and their participation were still not priorities for most civil movements. Women thus fought multiple battles to have their rights declared at the level of constitutions and legislations regarding political participation and protection against violence.

Women’s and feminist movements in the region are among the oldest movements in the world. Women waged historical struggles against colonialism and for establishing their rights in post-colonial countries. These movements also did not stop fighting to establish women’s rights and protect them from all forms of discrimination and violence. With the changes in the public sphere over the past decade, many young and feminist generations have emerged who have integrated into the public sphere and led many change movements. They have faced various forms of violence and have been subjected to discrimination, exclusion and targeting. Moreover, many feminist movements and feminists in the region have succeeded in establishing women’s rights in constitutions, such as Egypt and Tunisia, passing laws to combat violence against women, such as Tunisia, participating in peace processes and approving a feminist peace roadmap, such as Yemen, documenting war crimes, and declaring the rights of forcibly disappeared men and women, such as Syria and Libya.

With the Covid-19 epidemic, the escalating severity of climate change, and the exacerbation of economic problems, the world and, of course, the region have changed. Regimes and armed militias took advantage of natural disasters and the epidemic to restrict freedoms, deprive women of their rights, and frame their presence in the public sphere. Parallel to this, the region is witnessing a severe decline in the participation of women and the recognition of their rights, in addition to the targeting of feminist movements and feminists, whether by including them in cases to tarnish their reputation and limit their freedoms of movement and organization, or targeting them on social media, or excluding them from decision-making positions within their unions or movements or parties, not only from public positions.

These considerations imposed new roles on civil society, human rights organizations, and feminist movements in seeking to promote and empower women’s political and societal rights, as women’s participation in decision-making processes at the national levels is still very limited, despite everything that the countries of the region are witnessing. Accordingly, the idea of creating a regional space for political women in the Arab region came in 2015 and it was established as the “Caucus of Women in Politics in the Arab Region (CWPAR),” which has been working in the region over the past years. The Caucus has been recently launched in September 2023 as a full independent organization with its independent bodies and structure, and its new identity.


Who We Are

The Caucus of Women in Politics in the Arab Region is a feminist gathering of actors within the public field; political, party, union, parliamentary and civil spheres, aiming for solidarity, exchange and transfer of experiences on political issues.


Mission

Promoting justice, citizenship, and equality in the political space in the Arab region in order to represent women and their issues in decision-making positions and the public sphere.


Vision

Towards democratic societies where women have equal opportunities to fully exercise their political rights.

Core Definitions

According to CWPAR’s definition of politics and women politicians, the political work for women is not limited only to members of parliaments and governments, but rather includes women who work in the public and political spheres in its various forms. Whether within state institutions or in the political field through parties or professional and labour unions. This also includes members of national mechanisms for women’s rights or ministries concerned with these rights. Therefore, in our definition, we include, in addition to women members of the legislative and parliamentary assemblies, constituent assemblies, constitutional committees, and executive councils, women party leaders and representatives of feminist organizations and groups or those concerned with women’s rights that work on policies and legislations affecting the conditions of women in different societies. The Caucus is also a space that operates in the Arab region and not an Arab Caucus, as it includes in its membership and targets through its activities the diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural groups within the region.

Goals and Objectives

  • Supporting democracy, political dialogue, and peace building.
  • Integrating women and their issues into public policies, political processes, and mechanisms.
  • Legal and constitutional reform to enhance women’s political participation and representation.
  • Capacity development and exchange of experiences.
  • Feminist advocacy and solidarity.

Membership

The Caucus includes 40 women political actors as its members from the following countries: Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya. CWPAR’s membership type is an individual membership and not an organizational one.

Coordination Committee

Mozn Hassan

General Coordinator – Chair

Rezan Sheikh Dler

General Secretary

Hanaa Edwar

Member

Lena Mahgoub

Member

Asmaa Dabies

Member

Executive Team

Rahaf Abu Shahin

Executive Director

Ahmed Kamel El-Beheiri

Lead Researcher

Rony Sayegh

Finance Manager

Tala Daher

Executive Assistant

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