Within the ( The initiative of civil and political empowerment for women in Iraq) which is carried out by UMF and funded by UNDEF , training and consultative sessions for new parliamentarians set up as one of the Political Rehabilitation Academy (which established within the Initiative’s activities for the first time in Iraq) to support their performance and provide experiences that enhance their roles in Inside Parliament. The meetings host experts and specialists, have expertise and experience in the relevant topics . below details of the four implemented meetings :-
1-The first Meeting was held in the hall of Al-Rasheed hotel on (12/01/2015) to discuss the theme (the budget law for 2015 … financial vision), with the presence of the university professor Dr. Maytham Laibi in financial and economic sciences to provide training for new parliamentarians on how to study and financial analysis of budget and identified the financial problems of budget 2015, especially since the budget has not been voted on in the administration of the meeting. Women Parliamentarians were asked about the rapid means to cover the deficit in the budget and how to calculate the per capita of the budget, and sales of the excess crude oil in the past years, and others.
2- The second Meeting was held in one of parliament halls on (01/22/2015) after obtaining the approval of the speaker of parliament and coordination with the NGO committee in parliament, the meeting theme (budget 2015 .. economical vision) to discussed by professor and economic expert Dr. Amal Shlash which provided economically analysis to 2015 budget and clarified the imbalance in budget and the most important solutions to address it. women parliamentarians asked questions which has been an interactive debate attended by a number of male parliamentarian , and women working counselors in parliament , the most important Points that have been inquiring about the fate of the allocations retained annually from the provincial development budget ? And the rapid solutions to address the budget deficit
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3- The third Meeting was held in one of parliament halls on (02/16/2015) entitled (legislative and Monitoring priorities for Iraqi women), meeting hosted the previous State Minister for women’s issues Dr. Ibtehal Zaidi to display her expertise and follow-up with the Parliament on women’s issues and characterization of the priorities in the field of legislation & monitoring . this topic has sparked a debate and exchange of views between parliamentarians and the lecture ,the most important points that have been raised from them is the need to shed light on the women parliamentarian achievements in the field of legislation and monitoring , and the importance of forming a coalition of women parliamentarians from which are placed priorities plan and follow-up mechanism.
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4- The Fourth Meeting was held in one of parliament halls on (16/03/2015) entitled (the importance of media appearance to women parliamentarians) where the meeting hosted Dr. Hashim Hassan, Dean of the Faculty of media at the University of Baghdad who well-known as media expert who presented important lecture about kinds of communication and how to deal with media and the importance of deliver the parliamentary message via various means of mass communication, women MPs have expressed their need to learn more about the subject and asked about some of the challenges they faced in the media and the desire to get a training workshop on dealing with the media. For more information please follow this link
The most important notes & comments about MPs meetings:-
1-The coordination and Higher cooperation of NGO committee (especially the Chairperson of the Committee, Dr. Tavkh Ahmed) is the main reason meetings establishment in the parliament building . UMF consider this coordination one of the most important successes and the most important reasons for the sustainability achieved to strengthen the joint work with the Committee
2-According to MPs willingness announcement about UMF readiness to set up a training workshop for media skills to women MPs in coordination with NGO committee and collaboration with the Dean of the Faculty of Media and other experts in media
3- One of the most important challenges that we faced is the low MPs response their attendance is very weak , their attendance in the four implemented meetings between (5-18) from (82) women parliamentarians and among (55) newly elected
4-the most important conclusions that come out through the assessment forms distributed in the four implemented meetings : –
a- (73-80)% of the attended MPs are newly elected
b- (64-100%) of them had already trained on the themes of meetings
C- (80-90)% of them welcomed to have more training on the meetings topics