Women representation is shamefully low in Indian Parliament
Greetings from COVA!
Election Watch (Ennikala Nigha Vedika), Andhra Pradesh, has done a commendable job in keeping a strict vigil on the election process in the first phase of elections. After the completion of the first phase, a delegation from the Vedika (Mr M.Ved Kumar, Dr Mazher Hussain, Dr Rao Chelikani, Mr S.Jeevan Kumar, Mr S.Srinivas Reddy) submitted a report with their observations and suggestions to the Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh. We hope the report will help the CEO improve the second phase of the process.
Will these elections improve the lot of women? Their representation is shamefully low in Indian Parliament. Take a look at the attachment to know how they fare now.
In solidarity for justice, peace and harmony,
The data in the table below has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by National Parliaments by 28 February 2009. 188 country are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House. Comparative data on the world and regional averages as well as data concerning the two regional parliamentary assemblies elected by direct suffrage can be found on separate pages. You can use the PARLINE database to view detailed results of parliamentary elections by country.
* Figures correspond to the number of seats currently filled in Parliament
Guinea: The parliament was dissolved following the December 2008 coup
1 - South Africa: The figures on the distribution of seats do not include the 36 special rotating delegates appointed on an ad hoc basis, and all percentages given are therefore calculated on the basis of the 54 permanent seats.
2 - Ecuador: The 2008 Constitution provides that the National Congress shall be replaced by a 124-member National Assembly. Elections to that body are due to take place on 26 April 2009. During the transitional period, a Legislative and Oversight Commission, comprising the members of the Constituent Assembly, assumes the legislative and oversight functions. The date refers to the date when the Commission held its first session.
3 - United States of America: The total refers to all voting members of the House.
4 - Bangladesh: 45 reserved seats reserved for women are yet to be filled.
5 - Kuwait: No woman candidate was elected in the 2008 elections. Two women were appointed to the 16-member cabinet sworn in in June 2008. As cabinet ministers also sit in parliament, there are two women out of a total of 65 members.
6 - Tonga: No women were elected in 2008, however one woman was appointed to the Cabinet. As cabinet ministers also sit in parliament, there is one woman out of a total of 32 members.
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