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Monday, September 25, 2006

Women reserved seats ?

Hope all the cloggers are clogging away! I am writing a report examining the effectiveness of quotas or reservations in legislatures for women. My submission which I 've shared on my site is that for inclusive politics women reserved seats are not the answer. In Pakistan we 've had reservation for over 59 years but the results are left wanting.

I will propose in the report that political training of men and women is needed rather than stop gap measures of seats etc.

If anyone out there has any material on the subject, please share it with me.

Thanks

Gulmina Bilal

1 Comments:

Anonymous Ping-Ya Hsu, DPP said...

Hi Gulmina,

Thank you for your post! It is very interesting to know that we can all share our thoughts on women's participation in politics here in this space.

I can send you some information regarding the topic. In Taiwan, political participation among women (taking the legislature as example) ranks highest in Asia at 22%, higher than neighboring Japan, South Korea and even higher than advanced democracies like the UK, USA and France.

The reason is not purely because we have implemented a women's quota (not in the legislature), but at the party level, where at leat 1/4 of women must be endorsed as candidates.

Please bear in mind that the "quota" system and the "reserved-system" are very different from each other. The latter is intented to protect women, and some women had argued that they do not need political protection in politics because it would create gender inequality.

Thus, the quota system proves to be a better choice because it promotes gender balance. The 1/4 gender quota means that eithe sex, not just women, should fill at least 1/4 of the seats.

And, I completely agree, education must start at the youth level towards promoting gender balance in politics.

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