Women Lobby for Political Seat in Pakistan

Pakistanian women and human rights activists have asked political parties to field at least thirty percent women for the upcoming February 3rd general election. Two hundred organizations and over 500 individuals have asked the 23 parties to allow women run for office. This includes financial backing and collaboration on a constitutional amendment restoring reserved seats for women.

The 1973 Constitution envisioned such reserved seats for women but they have never truly come to pass. After the fourth election in 1993, only four women held seats in the 217 member National Assembly.


United Press International - December 16, 1996

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