Uzbekistan: Women missing from politics
Uzbek women are underrepresented in political institutions, but won't push for a quota of seats in parliament to attain gender balance in this year's elections, the top women's official said.india Updated: Mar 08, 2004 13:59 IST
Uzbek women are underrepresented in the country's political institutions, but won't push for a quota of seats in parliament to help attain gender balance in this year's elections, the top women's official said Thursday.
Women make up more than half of Uzbekistan's 25 million population but they only hold 9.5 percent of the 250 seats in the one-chamber parliament, said Svetlana Inamova, newly appointed chairwoman of the Uzbek government's Women's Committee. Parliamentary elections are scheduled this December, also to fill a newly created upper house of the legislature.
"Even though women's presence in power branches is very limited, we will not push for giving women a quota in this year's parliamentary elections," Inamova told a news conference. "Women will fight for the seats equally with the men."
She also said less than 14 per cent of top official positions were occupied by women.
Women traditionally are not actively involved in social life beyond their families in Uzbekistan, with many still marrying at young ages and having numerous children. Only 44.1 percent of women are officially employed.
Inamova was appointed in January to head the committee by a presidential decree.