Unlike India, women in Afghanistan enjoy fair representation in democratic process

WION Web Team Afghanistan Oct 18, 2018, 09.31 PM(IST)

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The country which is marred by violence, where legislators especially women face severe threats from the Taliban, reserves 68 of the 249 seats in the parliament for women.

 

 

 

Afghanistan which has been reeling under the terror of the Taliban has managed to give its female population a fair representation in its democratic process

The country which is marred by violence, where legislators especially women face severe threats from the Taliban, reserves 68 of the 249 seats in the parliament for women.

Unlike India, Afghanistan passed a law in 2005 guaranteeing over one-fourth of seats in the parliament and over 30 provincial councils to be reserved for women.

During the last elections that were held in 2010, 69 women were elected to parliament – one more than the minimum.

For this year's election, out of the two thousand candidates running, a historic 417 are women.

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India has been struggling to pass a bill that ensures one-third reservation for women in parliament. 

Women make up for nearly half the population in India, but in a 542-member strong lower house, they make up for a mere 11.6 per cent. 

The women's reservation bill was first tabled in the Indian parliament in 1996. The bill which is waiting for consent has been passed along from one house to another.

The women's reservation bill in India was cleared from the Rajya Sabha in March 2010. It has however not received the assent of the lower house i.e Lok Sabha for the last eight years.