Amman, Jordan – Dr. Eman Al-Hussein, an Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) advisory council member from Jordan, is actively promoting greater participation of women in Jordanian politics. Working in coordination with Jordanian Minister Dr. Khaled Kaladeh, Al-Hussein is taking the initiative to advance the position of women in political parties by working to change the Jordanian Political Parties Law. Al-Hussein is not only demanding that Jordanian lawmakers enforce the mandatory 10 percent minimum for women’s participation in political parties but is advocating to increase the minimum.
Appearing on Jordan TV, Al-Hussein advocated for the rights of women in political parties stressing the need for women to play a larger role in decision-making. She encouraged lawmakers to support women in politics and to help women find more opportunities to fundraise and build a support base. She explained that increasing the number of women in political parties would encourage more women to take on roles of responsibility. Women would thus be presented with opportunities to be elected and nominated for political leadership positions.
With assistance from Minister Dr. Khaled Kaladeh, Al-Hussein actively encourages the House of Representatives to vote on the proposed amendment to the election law. However, she faces obstacles pushing her amendment to the floor before amendments to the municipal law and local government act occur. Regardless, Al-Hussein continues to be a vigilant fighter for women’s rights in Jordan and plans to continue to push for the law’s amendment.