International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Factors Affecting the Women Political Participations in Jordanian Parliamentary Elections (2003-2013)
Dr. Ghazi Saleh Nahar, Dr. Rima Lutfi Abu Humaidan

Purpose: This paper aim to provide a thorough historical, legal, or factors affecting women's participations in
the Jordanian parliamentary elections
Design/methodology/approach: The study has analyzed three parts: the first part attempts to clarify Jordan's
policy toward women and their political status before 2003. The second part examines the women political
participation in Jordanian parliamentary elections after the quota system and laws. The third part analyzes the
factors and developments have affected the form and scope of women political participation in the Jordanian
parliamentary elections.
This paper will depend on the historical and Analytical Approaches.
Findings: Results indicated that adoption of a quota for female in Jordan is necessary and justified for a certain
period of time during a transitional phase until society comes to believe in women's political abilities. The quota
system can be seen as a first step in order to demonstrate the efficiency of Jordanian women in politics, so that in
the future women could gain access to parliament through competition instead, which would depend on the ability
of society to elect representatives without regard to race, ethnic identity, sectarianism, tribalism or gender.
Research limitations/implications: To enhance the political participation of women, this article is proposing
to government and national stakeholders that more serious consideration be given to the potential of electoral
system, as well as to affirmative measures and gender quota for women.
Originality/value: The study offers some new information and data about the status of
Women and its political participation in the Jordanian parliamentary elections that is very limited or perhaps not
offered in the libraries.

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