21 Sep 2012

It will take 50 years for Asia-Pacific parliamentary gender balance - study

4:26 am on 21 September 2012

A study has revealed it will take 50 years for gender balance to be achieved by governments in the Asia-Pacific region if the increase in women's participation in parliaments remains at the current pace.

In the Asia-Pacific, just over 18 percent of all members of national parliaments are women, and women's representation in the Pacific island countries is the lowest in the world.

According to the study by the United Nations Development Programme, economic progress will be limited without equal opportunity for men and women to influence political and economic decision-making.

The UNDP report titled 'Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia-Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women's Empowerment,' includes an action plan to fast-track women into politics.