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Women’s Place in Government.

One fifth of parliamentarians elected in 2005 across the globe were women, according to a report released in February 2006 by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). This brings the average of women in parliament (Congress for us in the U.S.) in 187 countries to 16.3%, up from 15.7% in December 2004.

Making Gains
Of the 39 countries that held elections in 2005, the numbers of women in parliament increased in 28 of them. The largest gains were seen in Latin American countries where some countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Honduras and Venezuela) have implemented quotas to promote women in politics. Other countries to implement special measures are New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Burundi, Liberia, Afghanistan and the United Republic of Tanzania.

On the Down Side
A decrease of women in parliament occurred in 8 countries last year.
The greatest setback occurred in Kyrgyzstan, where the number of women in parliament dropped to zero. Other countries to experience drops were Bulgaria, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Germany and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Putting up High Numbers
As of February 2006, there are 19 countries with women making up over 30% of their parliaments. In order of highest percentage, those are: Rwanda (48.8), Sweden (45.3), Norway (37.9 ), Finland (37.5), Denmark (36.9), Netherlands (36.7), Cuba (36.0), Spain (36.0), Costa Rica (35.1), Argentina (35.0), Mozambique (34.8), Belgium (34.7), Austria (33.9), Iceland (33.3), South Africa (32.8), New Zealand (32.2 ), Germany (31.8), Guyana (30.8), Burundi (30.5), Tanzania (30.4).

How does America Rank?
In a list of 187 countries, America ranks 69th percentage wise with 15.2% of Congress being women. But after accounting for ties, the USA is really 83rd on list — just 10 away from halfway to the bottom of the barrel.

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Of 187 countries listed with the IPU, those with no women in parliament at all number 11: Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Nauru, Nepal, Palau, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and United Arab Emirates.

0 thoughts on “Women’s Place in Government.

  1. In developed countries, (where the discrimination is expected to be less)
    more women are getting college degrees and employment than men.

  2. Due to age old suppression of culture, religion and evolutionary constraints too, women have always been disadvantaged.
    This is a clear established fact, but still even the educated ones who call them people of 21st century seem to overlook the fact.
    I used to get sick of those MCPs(male chauvinist pigs)in my college who used to say “if men and women are equal, then why need of quota for women.”
    why some guys assume that they are more fulfilled because they are naturally better, smarter and well equipped than women.
    why don’t they realise that men and women donot start from the same line.
    but women being dragged behind by all these constraints have their start line far behind.
    So nation and administration should make the provision of quota for women till they have their start point paralleled with men.
    Then only there will be the real competition.

  3. Developing countries have to implement some courageous measures to remedy the problem of under-representation. You can’t call a country where half it’s population are left out a true democracy.

    I think the reason it says there are no female MPs in Nepal is because when the data was collected, Nepal did not have a parliament. I am sure Bidya Bhandari, Sailaja Acharya, Sahana Pradhan and a few others were elected. That is not to say that it is enough. Only when the representation is similar to the demography can we say we have attained gender equality.

  4. It is shocking indeed that Nepal has negligible if any representation of women in the government.

    I hope that the apparent new and positive direction we are heading just does away with segregation based on gender altogether. Any leader who wants to lead this great nation is going to have to be favorable towards women’s concerns because – I do not know the exact statistics, but currently, population of women in this country significantly exceeds that of men.

    Good job Shammi for putting together the statistics. Let us hear some of your opinion too. Let us have more representation of women in this blog at least.

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