BD ranks 8th in Asian women political representation

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 26 Nov 2016, 20:13:25 | Updated : 26 Nov 2016, 20:28:31

BD ranks 8th in Asian women political representation

BD ranks 8th in Asian women political representation
Bangladesh ranks 8th among the Asian countries in terms of women’s parliamentary representation with women occupying 20 per cent of the seats in the national parliament, reports DataLeads via Asia News Network.

Nepal with women occupying 30 per cent of the seats in the national parliament is the Asian leader in terms of women’s parliamentary representation.

Nepal is closely followed by the Philippines where women occupy 27 per cent of the parliamentary seats.

The Millennium Development Goals Report (MDG Report 2015) of the UN indicates that women have gained ground in parliamentary representation in nearly 90 per cent of the 174 countries within past 20 years. 

The average proportion of women in parliament has nearly doubled during the period. In Asia, the situation has also improved in past one decade.

The tiny Himalayan country Nepal is leading in women's political representation in the legislature with women occupying 30 per cent seats in the Constituent Assembly of the country in 2015, according to the data compiled by the Asian Development Bank.

The Philippines stood at the second place in Asia with 27 per cent women representation in the House of Representatives of the country.

In Vietnam’s National Assembly, which is the highest representative body of the people and the highest State authority in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, women representation is 24 per cent. 

Lao People's Democratic Republic bordering Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam is not far behind other countries of the region. The proportion of seats held by women in National Assembly of the country is 25 per cent.

The percentage of women in Singapore Parliament has improved in past one decade. As per latest data women occupy 23 per cent seats in the parliament of the country while in China it is 24 per cent. Although, in 2014, 23.4 per cent of parliament seats in China were held by women highlighting a slight improvement. 

Pakistan has 21 per cent seats for women in the country’s Senate. Bangladesh has 20 per cent in the country’s Parliament referred to as Jatiya Sangsad. In Cambodia’s Parliament as well percentage of women representation is 20 per cent.  

Since 1996 India has been trying to adopt a constitutional amendment to reserve 33 per cent seats for women in the Lower House of the Parliament but political parties do not have a consensus about the issue. 

India has only 12 per cent representation of women in the Parliament while global average for women in Parliament stands at 22.4 per cent pushing India’s rank lower than Indonesia and Mongolia which has 17 per cent women representation and 15 per cent respectively. India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand have the lowest female political representation.

-    TS

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