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Women in Thailand poorly represented as lawmakers

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Thailand has one of the poorest rates of gender equality in politics globally, and international agencies say more women are needed in key decision-making processes.

UN Women data shows that as of January 2017 women accounted for 4.9% of the Thai parliament, ranking the nation 184th out of 190 in terms of female representation.

Malaysia and Cambodia have at least twice as many women in their parliaments with rates of 10.4% and 20.3%. 

The kingdom also ranks low on the latest Gender Inequality Index by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), coming in 93rd out of 189 countries.

Anna-Karin Jatfors, deputy regional director of UN Women Asia and the Pacific, said that she wants to see the government and political parties empower women by putting more of them in positions of leadership.

Ms Jatfors made the remarks at a seminar in Bangkok yesterday on promoting women's leadership and political participation ahead of the general election next spring.

Click here to read the full article published by Bangkok Post on 7 November2018.

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