According to a 2012 survey by the World Economic Forum, Pakistan is still considered to be one of the worst places in the world to be a woman. With a total of 37 million registered female voters, the policies adopted by political parties to ensure the rights and progress of women might play a key role in the outcome of the elections. Therefore, The Express Tribune performed a comparative analysis of policies outlined for women empowerment in mainstream political parties’ manifestos in an attempt to understand how each would contribute towards equality and greater participation by women. It should also be noted that the number of women contesting the upcoming elections has remained unchanged or gone down in the case of a few parties. 36 female candidates have been awarded tickets for 272 general NA seats this year, in comparison to the 34 candidates in 2008 and 38 in the 2002 elections.
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