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Consultation on ‘Modalities of women’s reserved seats’, Quetta


Consultation on ‘Modalities of women’s reserved seats’

Aurat Foundation’s Queta office, in collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a consultation on January 222, 2014, at Serena Hotel in Quetta, to share the proposed modalities of women’s reserved seats and to get maximum inputs from the participants and prepare recommendations for direct mode of elections for women.

The consulatation was chaired by Mr Jan Muhammad Jamali, Speaker Provincial Assembly Balochistan. Dr Kahoor Khan Baloch, Director General, Social Welfare, Ms Sadia Mumtaz and Mr Qazi Saleem Akhtar from IFES, and Mr. Haroon Dawood, Resident Director, Aurat Foundation, Quetta, were the resource persons. Dr Ishaq Baloch, Central Information Secretary, National Party, and Executive Officer of Chief Minister Government of Balochistan, gave the concluding remarks.  The participants included women parliamentarians, members of women wings of different political parties, NGOs’ representatives, lawyers, political and social activists and media.

The speakers spoke at length on historical perspective and modalities of women’s reserved seats in legislative assemblies and local government system.

The women parliamentarians shared their experiences and problems about their selection on reserved seats. Most of them said that political parties do not encourage women to contest elections on general seats. The participants also demanded for fifty percent women’s representation at all tiers of government.