Pakistan to increase women’s quota in parliament to 33pc
Following in the footsteps of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf who had reserved 33 per cent seats for women in the local governments under the devolution of power plan introduced in 2002, the elected Pakistan government is considering to also enhance quota of women in the Parliament from 18 to 33 per cent.
Pakistan’s Law and Justice Division is considering constitutional amendments to increase women’s quota in parliament from the current 18 per cent to 33 per cent, and the new law may be made part of the government’s proposed constitutional reforms package. Sources familiar with the developments said Thursday that the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs had asked the Law and Justice Division to consider the required changes to implement recommendations made in a July 21-23 roundtable on Gender Mainstreaming through Legal Reforms.
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