NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ANN) - Philippines and Nepal has the highest percentage of parliamentary seats held by women.
Womens’ representation in the political structure has always been a waxing issue for the Asian countries. The World Bank data shows that over the last decade the socio-political changes have offered women opportunities to participate in the political structure and as a result the number of women parliamentarians has seen a significant increase.
Philippines and Nepal has the highest number of women parliamentarians in Asia with 30% women legislatures in both the countries. It is significant jump for both the countries from 9% and 6% a decade back respectively.
Laos has a total of 28% of women in parliament while Vietnam follows closely with 27% of women parliamentarians.
China hasn’t progressed much from a decade back as compared to rise in other countries. It has increased the political participation for women only by 4 per cent. In 1997 the Chinese parliament had 21% women representation while as in 2017 it just rose to 24%.
It is followed by Singapore with 23% women and 21% in Pakistan. Bangladesh has 20% women participation.
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