Hopes women will enter Myanmar politics

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Hopes women will enter Myanmar politics

A woman places her ballot into the Pyithu Hluttaw representative election box in the April 2012 by-elections.

There's strong hopes Myanmar (Burma) is on the cusp of electing more women to parliament when it goes to the polls later this year.

The country sits near the bottom of global rankings on women's parliamentary representation with less than six per cent of its politicians female.

Australia's ambassador for women and girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, has just wrapped up a two day visit to the once-reclusive state.

The issue of female political representation and Myanmar's slow path to democratic reform dominated her meeting with Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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