Kurdistan Parliament Discusses Combining Three Committees

Kurdistan Parliament Discusses Combining Three Committees

The Kurdistan Parliament held a session on Tuesday (February 6) to discuss combining three committees to turn them into one single legislative group.

The vote to combine the Women’s Affairs Committee, Social Affairs Committee and the Human Rights Committee led to disagreement among Kurdish lawmakers, said sources in Erbil. The head of Women’s Affairs Committee, Evar Ibrahim – who boycotted the parliament session – told that there has been a similar proposal to combine the committees since the latest round of legislation.

“The parliament seeks to reduce the number of its committees from 21 to 16,” she said.

Ibrahim said her committee was already dismantled despite the high rate of violations recorded against women in the Kurdistan Region.

According to Ibrahim, the dismantling of the Women’s Affairs Committee came about while Kurdish female lawmakers had 34 seats in parliament.

There were a number of female lawmakers who attended Tuesday’s session, some of whom voted in favor of terminating the committee, Ibrahim continued.