Medina, Saudi Arabia – Over the past year Iman Fallatah, a member of the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) since 2010, has worked on a groundbreaking initiative to increase the participation of Saudi women in local elections. Known as the Sharekah project, the training workshops focus on preparing women to participate in municipal elections as voters or as candidates.
Supported by the Baldei Initiative, which Fallatah is also a participating member of, Sharekah workshops promote the concept of active citizenship and participation in public affairs for women. At the workshops, women discuss what it means to be a candidate and how to develop campaigns for municipal councils. Sessions included discussions on understanding electoral legal frameworks and mechanisms to run as candidates, a simulation of voting and vote counting, an overview of the rights and duties of elected decision makers and a review of the composition of municipal councils in Saudi Arabia.
In addition to her work on the Sharekah project and as part of the Baldei Initiative, Fallatah also serves as chairwoman of the board of Taibah for Social Development Charity, which empowers and supports women’s entrepreneurship locally in Al-Medinah, Saudi Arabia.
The Baldei Initiative works with women to empower them to reach decision-making positions across Saudi Arabia and is supported by the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in partnership with the Arab Institute for Urban Development.