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Rwanda tops UN list of countries with most women in parliament

Rwanda tops UN list of countries with most women in parliament


<h3>Rwanda has been ranked highest country in the world with most women in parliament as of January 2017.</h3> <p>The East African country has 49 women in its 80-seat lower house of parliament and 10 women in its 26-seat Upper house of parliament, the <a href="http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2017/femmesenpolitique_2017_english_web.pdf?vs=1123" target="_blank">Women in Politics 2017</a> map, created by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (<span class="caps">IPU</span>) and UN Women depicted.</p> <p>Rwanda is followed directly by Bolivia, Cuba and Iceland.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Worldwide, only Rwanda and Bolivia have as many women as men in their parliament. Download 2017 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/womeninpolitics?src=hash">#womeninpolitics</a> map <a href="https://t.co/KGEV4IOPwc">https://t.co/KGEV4IOPwc</a> <a href="https://t.co/TRXxFWHodL">pic.twitter.com/TRXxFWHodL</a></p>— UN Women (@UN_Women) <a href="https://twitter.com/UN_Women/status/883363788757626880">July 7, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The African countries that made it in the top 20 include Senegal, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Angola, ranking 7, 9, 12, 13, 17 and 19 respectively.</p> <p>No African country made it in the two least categories. Nigeria however placed 180 in the 190 ranking.</p> <p>The map, showing global rankings for women in the executive and parliamentary branches of government, also ranked Rwanda at 7 in the world with 9 women occupying the 19 ministerial positions in the country.</p> <p>They still maintained the lead in Africa followed by South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Mauritania, ranking 9, 19, 23 and 27 respectively.</p> <p>The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) said there was slow progress towards gender equality at regional and national levels. </p> <p>“The 2017 edition of the map shows a slight drop in the number of countries with a woman Head of State and/or Head of Government from 2015 figures (from 19 to 17),” it said in a statement.</p> <p>“However, the data reveals a significant increase in the number of countries with a woman Head of State and/or Head of Government since the <span class="caps">IPU</span>-UN Women Map’s first edition in 2005 (from 8 to 17).,” it added.</p> <p>Rwanda heads to the polls on August 4 with an all-male candidates contesting for presidency.</p> <p>President Paul Kagame, main opposition party leader Frank Habineza and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana were given the greenlight last week by Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (<span class="caps">NEC</span>).</p> <p>The only female aspirant, 35-year-old Diane Shima Rwigara was disqualified by the <span class="caps">NEC</span> for not meeting the requirements as a candidate.</p> <p>Electoral campaigns will begin on July 14 followed by the elections on August 3 in the diaspora and August 4 in Rwanda.</p>
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