On 24 January 2019, the Permanent Representative participated in the Arria Formula, held by the Security Council under the auspices of Germany, the United Kingdom and Peru, entitled “What is Next for Women, Peace and Security in the Middle East and North Africa: The Possibilities of the National Plan”. In his speech, the Permanent Representative highlighted the role of the first national plan for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325, adopted by Iraq for the period 2014-2018, in empowering Iraqi women and their participation in decision-making at the highest levels. In which it is the first national plan on the subject in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the ongoing work on the formulation of the second national plan in collaboration with all relevant government bodies, the United Nations, civil society and stakeholders. In his speech, the Permanent Representative addressed what had been accomplished in the first national plan; In the field of justice, the number of female judges in Iraq until 2003 was only 18, while 113 judges in 2017. In the Kurdistan Region, we have 87 women judges and prosecutors after the implementation of the national plan. The number of women in the Ministry of the Interior amounted to approximately 10059. In 2018, Iraq held parliamentary elections, and the total number of candidates was 7018, competing for 329 seats in the House of Representatives. And 83 women were able to reach the current House of Representatives, constituting 25% of the total members of the Council.
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