Pakistan, among Asian countries, has progressed from having no women ministers since 2012 to reaching its highest-ever share of women ministers at 12 per cent, says a press release of the Inter-parliamentary Union.
Senator Sassui Palejo is representing Pakistan at 63rd session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) at the UN in New York. In her speech, she said that I have come from the land where a brave global leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was born. She said that Women have every right to equal participation. “Once in leadership role they can make a difference that benefits every segment of society” Senator Palejo said. She said that United Nation is providing a meaningful platform to women voices and Pakistan parliament is working on pro women rights legislation. He called for a strong institutional collaboration to provide more opportunities to women for participation in the socio-economic and political spheres of life.
Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to rise slowly, with slight improvements since 2017, according to the data presented in the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women map of Women in Politics. The map was launched at a press conference during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) at the UN in New York.
The map, which presents global rankings for women in the executive and parliamentary government branches as of 1 January 2019, shows the proportion of women ministers is at an all-time high at 20.7 per cent (812 out of 3922), 2.4 percentage points higher compared to 2017. It also shows that the types of portfolios women ministers hold are diversifying.
IPU President and Mexican MP, Gabriela Cuevas Barron, said “Equal representation in government positions is fundamental for a democracy to be truly representative and effective. Despite some positive movement, the overwhelming majority of government leaders remain male. It is a shared responsibility between men and women to change this and ensure gender equality at all political levels. It is important to identify the main barriers that are stopping women from accessing decision-making positions.”
Among countries in Asia, Pakistan progressed from having no women ministers since 2012 to reaching its highest-ever share of women ministers at 12 per cent.