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Only six women reach National Assembly on general seats

LAHORE: Out of the 272 general seats, only six women reached the National Assembly and eight women got hold of the general seats in the Punjab Assembly, out of the 297 general seats.

Although, the manifestos of all the mainstream political parties claimed greater political participation by women, the post polls situation defies the claims. The political parties winning in election 2013 have shown abysmally low share in general seats for women, the Gender Election Monitoring Cell said.

Earlier, incomplete nomination lists for female candidates on reserved seats were submitted by 18 out of the 19 political parties contesting from the Punjab. This trend merits a lot of concern regarding the future of gender equality, especially with reference to the representation of women at the policy drafting/influencing level.

The Aurat Foundation has regretted the gap between the promise and practice which is rather widening. It urged the leaders of political parties to observe gender balance as trumpeted by them before the polls. The gender quota should be visible in the new cabinets when they are sworn in.

Source: The News

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