30pc women participation in politics still a challenge: CPA

30pc women participation in politics still a challenge: CPA

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Dhaka – The aspiration to achieve minimum 30 percent women participation in parliament of the Commonwealth members countries is still a big challenge due to traditional mindset, said Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Dr Dato Noraini Ahmad on Thursday.“There are 180 parliaments under 52 countries of Commonwealth. But still, there are parliaments which have no of women representation. At least 12 parliaments don’t have any women representation. Over 140 parliaments yet to achieve the set target of 30 percent representation in the parliament, she said.
Dr Dato said at a press conference after holding a day-long in-camera meeting of the CWP at the Hotel Radisson in the capital. Among others, Segufta Yesmin Emili, MP and Fazilatunnessa Bappi, MP were present on the occasion.
Dr Dato said, “the participation of women in parliament and decision-making process is still a bigger challenge. We want to achieve the target. We want to facilitate proportionate development of women members of the commonwealth as well.”
“We want to bring the women in parliament, decision making and formulating laws. Half of the world population is women. The world development is not possible keeping the women behind,” she added.
She emphasised on conducting research work how to increase the number of women participation in parliament.
She, however, said there is some progress in women participation being directly elected in the parliament. “But we are still not happy about it. We feel it is not sufficient. We have to achieve the minimum target of 30 percent women participation, she said in reply to a query.
She said, “There are a lot of challenges of the women who are doing a lot very well- we are mothers, daughters, wives and at the same time we are in a position of parliamentarians. We can do all. I’m not saying men are not doing their jobs well. If women are given a chance we can do better.”
She further said the traditional perception of leaders has to be changed. ‘It is changing. We have taken education programme to educate young people including women for their active participation in politics,” she added. – Staff Reporter

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