Women representation: Bangladesh among top ranking counties

According to the new report from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh has made room in world arena in terms of the highest levels of woman’s representation in urban councils with 28.4 percent representation, says a report.

The highest were China with 48.2 percent, Australia with 24.65 percent and the Republic of Korea with 21.78 percent,.

The report, Woman’s Representation in Local Government in Asia and the Pacific, quantifies and analyses for the first time woman’s representation at rural, urban, district and provincial levels across the region.

However, except in Australia (21.6 percent) and the Philippines (20.5 percent), women in those countries are unlikely to be elected into leadership positions. Bangladesh has only 1.37 percent of women elected to higher positions.

Both Bangladesh and Pakistan show some of the lowest percentages of women as heads of rural councils with only 0.17 percent and 0.36 percent respectively.

At the rural council level, the percentage of women elected has a wide distribution. India leads with more than 35 percent, Pakistan just over 30 percent and Bangladesh at nearly 25 percent, while Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Tonga all have less than 10 percent. Sri Lanka has the second lowest representation recorded at just 1.6 percent.

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