Promoting Women's Political Representation in Southeast Asia - IKAT

Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (Kemitraan) in partnership with the NDI for International Affairs along with regional partners; Indonesian Women's Coalition (KPI), Persatuan Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) from Malaysia, Women's Caucus from Timor Leste, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), the Center for Popular Empowerment from the Philippines work together to strengthen the political rights of women and democracy by advocating the promotion of increased women's political representation through regional partnership initiatives.


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Kemitraan with the assistance from its 5 regional partners including NDI has successfully conducted the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Candidate Campaigning Skills from 29 November to 1 December 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, which was attended by 34 participants from five countries. With the assistance from the regional partners in selecting the participants for the ToT, CPE sent 4 female and 3 male participants, Empower sent 5 female participants, CCHR sent 5 female and 2 male participants, Women’s Caucus from Timor Leste sent 6 female and 1 male participants, and KPI sent 8 female participants. The training was conducted for two and half day with the mixed facilitators from NDI, Kemitraan, CPE and Empower delivering the materials. Follow-on trainings in the home countries will be conducted by the participants of this ToT. The rough materials of ToT has been disseminated as soon as the ToT finished. ToT manuals has been prepared for wider use. Based on the communication with regional partners, Empower will be the first regional partner to conduct the follow on trainings for candidates. Women's Caucus from Timor Leste is planning to conduct this follow on trainings in April 2012. Kemitraan is looking forward to hearing more follow on trainings for candidates being conducted.

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With the Commune/Sangkat Council Elections scheduled to take place on 3 June 2012 fast approaching, the National Election Committee (NEC) has recently released the official Commune Council candidate lists of the various political parties contesting the elections. The percentage of women candidates making up the candidate list from all the parties is 25.65%. While this represents an increase of 4.29 % from the 2007 elections, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) notes that there continues to be room for improvement in female representation, especially among the parties that currently hold the majority of Commune Council seats.

For more information, please see: CCHR Press Release

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Last Sunday, June 3, marked the third mandate of the Commune Council Elections in Cambodia which has a 5-year mandate. The adoption of the Commune Council structure was done to promote decentralization in governance and to bridge the decision-making process closer to the people. Commune Council voting took place in 2002 and 2007 respectively.

For more information, please see Global Voices

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PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's ruling party won a landslide victory in local elections on June 3.  The poll was notable for a dip in voter turnout, which analysts said is a blow to the country's opposition parties. Some said it's an indication that the divided opposition needs to unite if it hopes to present a legitimate challenge in next year's national elections.

For more information, please see VOA

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Mrs. Sonket Sereyleak of COMFREL wrote: I’m pleased to send you  a Joint Press Release on Result of the Commune Council Election 2012: further efforts required to achieve quantitative and qualitative female’s political representative in Cambodia which has conducted Joint Roundtable Discussion on 11 July.

The press release states:

Women were elected to 2,038 seats, 17.79% of the total number of seats (11,459). While this does mark an improvement from
the 2007 elections, where women won 14.64% of seats, the increase in representation is minor and a far cry from the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (“CMDG”) of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (“RGC”) target 25% of women’s representation in commune councils by 2015.

Read the complete press release and recommendations here.

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Hello Everyone! I was so glad to meet all of you in Bandung and hear more about your work and the status of women's political representation in the region. I wanted to share with you an update I posted on iKNOW Politics about my visit to the workshop. Please feel free to comment here on your experience at the workshop. I would love to hear about what you learned from your peers and the next steps you plan to take toward the goals of the IKAT program. You can find my update at this link.

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Hello Everyone! IKAT US Component 1 and I personally was so glad to meet you all in Bandung. I hope everything is going alright on your job. Herewith, I share the handout materi that had disseminated by Ms Rena Herdiyani; the Executive Director of Kalyanamitra on the panel discussion section, at this link.

- Hasna