“At a moment when we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Parliament of Morocco’s partner for democracy status with PACE, I would like to congratulate the parliament on the progress it has made as regards the representation of women (21 per cent), since the adoption of the quota system in 2002,” declared PACE President Rik Daems, addressing the conference “Women in politics: how to progress towards equality?” in Rabat.
“But real equality of participation cannot be reduced to a question of numbers alone. The empowerment of women is fundamental to achieving gender equality,” the President underlined. Achieving progress towards the goal of better representation of women in politics requires “strong political will, adequate resources, institutional mechanisms and a change in mentalities and educational perspectives for girls”, said Rik Daems.
The President also referred to the Istanbul Convention, a legal instrument that "saves lives" because it protects families, women, girls and children from violence. “I know that debates in several countries on the Istanbul Convention - or even on the very concept of 'gender' - may have been distorted by misunderstandings and untruths. Make no mistake: the Istanbul Convention is all about saving the lives of women victims of violence in their homes, and no other international instrument better protects women around the world."
The conference was organised by PACE at the invitation of the Parliament of Morocco, as part of the project “Support for the development of the role of Parliament in the consolidation of democracy in Morocco”, funded by the EU and implemented by the Council of Europe.