Political Societies and the Question of Electing a Woman!

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women, Dr Lulu

Al Awadi, believes that the announcement of female candidates for the 2010 parliamentary elections came late. She hopes that women will win and stated that the candidates do not rely on their competence but the support of the political societies. She also pointed out that the position of independent candidates is not better than the female candidates who lack the support of political societies. She also added that the political societies’ support for women remains theoretical but in practice women are not part of their priorities. She also stated that political societies do not want to risk a guaranteed seat for women’s sake, stressing the importance of women having political presence in Parliament.