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Strengthening the capacities of women organisations – Workshop in Jordan


Amman - A representative of the Venice Commission participated in the workshop on “Strengthening the capacities of women organisations”, organised by the Council of Europe North South Centre and gathering the Minister of Social Development, MPs and several high officials of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, MPs and numerous representatives of NGOs of Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria and several other countries.

The Venice Commission representative highlighted that equality in and before the law and the principle of non-discrimination were essential elements of the rule of law, and encouraged both the authorities and civil society to use the Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist to assess and improve the legal framework in this area.

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