Women parliamentarians: catalysts for change

Published: May 25, 2010
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Hina Rabbani Khar attending a National Assembly session. (ONLINE)

Hina Rabbani Khar attending a National Assembly session. (ONLINE)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that women parliamentarians have the potential to become catalysts for change.

Addressing the National Convention of Women Parliamentarians 2010 in Islamabad, he said the government is amending discriminatory laws against women and the domestic violence bill will also be enacted soon. Gilani said the government has allocated 10 per cent quota for women to ensure that they are brought into the mainstream and are able to stand on their own feet.

Pakistan has a relatively large representation of women in the National Assembly, the senate and provincial assemblies when compared to other countries of the world. Of the 342 seats in the National Assembly, women comprise 22.2 % of those seats. In the upper house or Senate, women make up 17% of the parliamentary seats.

According to a list compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Pakistan stands 49th in the list of countries in terms of representation of women in the parliament. Pakistan has a higher representation of women in its parliament compared to the United Kingdom, the United States of America, India, Israel and many other countries.

The high representation today is a significant development from the past considering that women were often discouraged from entering politics. Women’s representation in Pakistan’s parliament has been growing through the years, starting with 10 seats reserved for women in the 1956 constitution going through an unstable pattern to 60 in the 2008 elections.

For a complete list of Senators, click here.

For a list of women in the National Assembly on the 60 reserved seats, click here.

(ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TAKEN FROM APP).

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Reader Comments (2)

  • AZMAT KHAN
    May 25, 2010 - 6:29PM

    PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY AND ITS GOVERNMENTS HAVE ALWAYS DONE MUCH FOR
    THE UPLIFT OF WOMEN IN EVERY FIELD.LET THE OPPONENTS SAY WHAT EVER
    THEY LIKE BUT THE PARTY IS MUCH AHEAD OF ALL OTHERS.BUT THE EFFORTS
    SHOULD CONTINUE WITHOUT ANY LET.REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN EVERY FIELD
    NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT UP TO THE LEVEL OF MEN.ONLY THEN WE CAN GO FORWARD.
    OUR FEMALE POPULATION IS MORE THAN 50 PERCENT.WOMEN DESERVE MUCH MORE.Recommend

  • Haya
    May 25, 2010 - 8:26PM

    Nice little encouraging piece Naureen! :)Recommend

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