Women account for 51 percent of Myanmar’s population and 19 million out of 37 million eligible voters at the 2020 general election.
In the previous election in 2015, 13 percent of the 6,200 candidates were female and in 2020 the rate has increased to just 15.6 percent of over 7,000 candidates.
The 1995 World Conference in Beijing encouraged countries to promote women’s political participation and today women hold 24 percent of the world’s parliamentary seats. In Myanmar, women hold about 10 percent of Union, state and regional seats.
This is the highest rate since women could take part in elections but is still the second-lowest in Asean, compared to the Philippines with 28 percent and Laos at 28 percent.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union reported on Sept. 25 that Myanmar ranked 167 out of 191 countries for female representation in the national lower house.
Click here to read the full article published by Irrawaddy on 14 October 2020.