Women candidates learning practices on organizing electoral campaigns
Recently, a two-day training for for women candidates on organizing electoral campaigns and their participation in parliamentary elections on multi-party basis was conducted under UNDP project of Enhancing Electoral System and Processes in Turkmenistan supporting to the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Turkmenistan.
Participants discussed the importance of the political participation of women as voters, candidates, and active representatives of political parties and public organizations. They agreed that this involvement stimulates women to carry out their main civil and political rights, and allows countries to rely on all human resources necessary for the progress taking into account interests of women in developing the state policy. Mr. Sabahudin Durguti, the International Consultant, mentioned that to the protection of women’s rights is paid specific attention globally. Men and women have equal rights and should be given equal opportunities to contribute to and benefit from the development of the nation. Total number of participants was 20 persons, including 15 women.
“This training helped participants to learn about international experience and national practices of women’s participation in the preparation and organization of parliamentary elections on multi-party basis. The methods and approaches of election campaigns presented during the training can be applied by political parties, public organizations and citizens in development and improvement of election campaigns, informational and public awareness activities, and stimulate women candidates in active participation as the candidates in the national parliamentary elections planned for December 2013”, noted by Ms. Oguljeren Kazakova, candidate for the parliamentary elections, representative from the Party of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists of Turkmenistan.
In the meeting with the Head Officials of the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan, the issues of capacity building of CEC staff in implementation of newly adopted Unified Election Code of Turkmenistan, strengthening the election system by involving the wide range of interested parties and social groups, increasing public awareness on the parliamentary elections on multi-party basis taking into account gender balance aspect were also discussed.
“Enhancing Electoral system and processes in Turkmenistan” Project is jointly implemented by UNDP Turkmenistan and the CEC of Turkmenistan with financial support of the British Embassy in Turkmenistan. The project aims at supporting the country’s sustainable development in the process of its democratization, especially in the field of elections.
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative
Ms. Cao Lin