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Women legislators keenly contribute in lawmaking

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Published: June 4, 2014 02:56 pm

ISLAMABAD: As the first parliamentary year of the 14th National Assembly is completed, women legislators performed impressively during eleven sessions asserting themselves in their lawmaking role and participating in the proceedings of the Assembly.

Women members occupy one-fifth of the National Assembly’s seats. Currently, there are total of 340 members – 60 on reserved seats, eight through direct elections and one on minority-reserved seat. Most of the women legislators actively participated in the parliamentary proceedings either by submitting agenda on Orders of the Day or taking part in the on-floor details.

Women members took keen interest in the process of legislation and gave their out put in the form of bills, as of total 45 bills tabled by the private members, 36 bills have participation of women .They tabled eight bills solely, four bills by all female members and 24 were presented jointly by male and female members, however none of them was passed. These bills focused of issues pertaining to governance, human rights, democracy and political development. Women also asked to make stringent laws against rapists, protection of children, prohibition of child marriages, elimination of corporal punishment and effective legislation against acid attackers..

Half of the resolutions adopted by the House in the first parliamentary year (32 of total 56) were sponsored by women MNAs – 14 singly and 17 jointly with male members while one resolution was tabled by all females. Women addressed diverse matters through resolutions which include terrorism, Dams issue with India, load shedding of gas and electricity, Education, governance and ban on YouTube.

In terms of executive oversight, of total 104 CANs which were taken up, fourteen calling attention notices were solely submitted by women parliamentarians, twelve by all females while 53 notices were jointly tabled with their male counterparts. The women drew the attention of the House towards different matters which include load shedding in KPK, sale of illegal SIMs, installation of mobile towers in residential areas, increase in prices of drugs, highest mortality rate, and terrorist attack in Islamabad etc.

Besides their on-floor performance, women MPAs are also active in running government affairs with some ministerial portfolio assigned to women MNAs. State ministry for national health services, regulations and coordination and information technology are assigned to women MNAs. Similarly, the parliamentary secretaries for interior and narcotics control and petroleum and natural resources are women MNAs while the standing committee on information; broadcasting and national heritage is also being chaired by a woman.

Though, 18 women were directly elected in the last 13th National Assembly, it has decreased to eight for the current National Assembly. The Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz have won five and three direct women seats respectively.

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