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Interview with Sfia Iminotras

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Welcome to the IMSLI communication program, audience! Today we’ll discuss several aspects relating to Amazigh women and issues related to public policy and democracy. Please welcome Sfia Iminotras to the show. She is the president of a Motherhood organisation that cares for women in labour wards. She is the president of the IZNAGHN association, which produces carpets threaded with Amazigh heritage. Finally, she is the president of the committee of the gallery of the handmades in Daraa Tafilalt region. Hello everyone, we will discuss an issue related to the involvement of women in public policy making. We are interested in what Fatima Bellawi has to say regarding this matter. Bismillah hir rahmanir Rahim. I thank the organisation of the Amazigh Women, who has given us this opportunity to gather here and participate with her in discussing several issues faced by Amazigh women in several domains, especially political. I want to know if Amazigh women can find themselves within the public policy sphere to discuss these issues, or in a position of decision-making? As we know, in this day and age, women have an obligation to get involved in public policy making and territorial and rural administration offices. There is a governmental mandated quota which invites women to be part of public policy making. Political parties are seeking women who have the ability to secure a large number of votes. This specifically targets women who work in social work, and I am one of these people who were selected. I have six years of experience in rural territorial administration. Imagine you have just two women in a large gathering with many men, there are two issues that arise in this scenario. Compared to the number of men and their level of experience, the two women would have nothing to say in front of nine or ten men. Despite being outnumbered and the difference in experience, these women will work hard, stand for what they believe and attend training to increase their skills in order to create change. We know that there is a great disparity between men and women in the field, but we are reasonable in that we only want to some of the experience and confidence that men have. Since women have become involved in public matters, there has been some important issues that are being discussed, including women's and children’s issues. Examples of this includes women’s health, children’s health, girls dropping out from school, issues that are not dealt with greatly by men. Women are introducing these topics, as we are in a position of territorial planning and we have achieved around 20% of our general goal. However, there is still a lot of things to do and develop so we encourage all people who work in this domain of public policy to carry on their work. I think that men use women just to reach something else, because it is legislated that women should be hired in this field. Yes, this is the desire of men and political parties as well, in order to gather the most number of votes. However, it’s still up to the women’s abilities and capacities because there are some women who have the ability to manage especially if there is— Yes, especially if there is a sense of awareness and training among the women. Yes, the training gives women this sense of awareness, and with this awareness they are in a better position to influence policy-making. The training and practice give women the ability to contribute. If they gave me the chance to be in my position for another few years, I will do my best because I am already on a platform with experience. Two new women have entered the territorial administration in my region and the problem is that while they need training and experience, it is not offered to them. Politicians are hiring women only to comply with the law. It is almost like milking a cow, as women are hired just to bring votes from the public. We have to know to be aware, that is the main objective of these political parties, especially for women entering territorial administration. Because we are given the chance to be in these positions, we have to prove our capacity through hard work. I hope all those women who are new in this domain with little experience undertake as much training as they can in order to bring the best outcomes within their positions. So you have raised the importance of public policy training that a lot of organisations offer for women in order to reach their potential as decision makers. Does the VFA (organisation) have a positive impact on women by giving them a kind of awareness and training? Does it empower women in their roles are policy decision makers? Of course it does, because of organisations like VFA who have an objective of enabling women. Their objective is to enable women to make decisions regarding territorial administration. I can’t deny that undertaking training has helped me because in the past I wouldn’t be able to speak to you with such confidence using this microphone, but I’ve been a member of [The Chamber of Traditional Manufacturing] since 2009 as a result of undertaking a lot of training. The change has been intangible and positive, in my personal life as well as in my professional position in social work. In order to be in an influential, management and decision-making position. That is to say, you want to hear the Voice of the Amazigh Women. Yes, exactly! We are grateful for VFA for creating this program and increasing awareness of Amazigh women in decision-making positions, which will surely help elevate Amazigh women to reach success. Thank you so much Miss Sfia Iminotras for speaking with me and I thank the audience for joining us in this discussion today. I will leave for you what the rain leaves for the earth, (flowers).

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Duration: 8 minutes and 51 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: wugi16 on Mar 4, 2017

A radio program about the second workshop regarding Amazigh Women for Democracy project executed by the Voice of Amazigh Woman in collaboration with the US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

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