Rezan Sheikh Dler, MP of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc in the Iraqi parliament, on Friday, ruled out a woman obtaining a portfolio in the remaining ministries in Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government.
Iraqi parliament approved Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's cabinet last Wednesday following nearly 6 months over resignation of former Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi who step down last November after wide demonstration in most Iraqi provinces.
Sheikh Dler said in a special statement to PUKmedia that "the representation of women in the al-Kadhimi government is 1%, explaining that the percentage does not rise to the aspiration of women in a big country like Iraq where women has a major role in facing challenges and difficulties."
She added that "The representation of women in the parliament is 25%, while women only receive one ministerial portfolio in the government of Mustafa al-Kadhimi," ruling out that women will obtain a portfolio of any of the remaining 5 ministries.
She emphasized that the political blocs did not candidate any women to obtain ministerial positions, noting that the role of women is absent in the new government.
(Translated and Edited by H.H.)