Incorporates important recent changes in women's political participation and representation, such as the election of new women presidents and prime ministers and the continued spread of gender quotas Expanded coverage of women's political participation now includes women judges and women in local levels of governance Updated coverage of women's political representation in the Middle East and North Africa highlights events and issues since the Arab Spring Incorporates more than 100 new studies from the rapidly expanding field of gender and politics Includes an up-to-date discussion on gender quotas and their effects, including coverage of the trend towards “parity” quotas KEY FEATURES: Six chapters cover women's political power in specific geographic regions with case studies from all over the world Includes the latest information available on women in politics worldwide Charts, maps, and tables give visual overviews of the substantial variation in women's access to political power around the world, the growth in women's political power over time, and persistent obstacles to gender equality in politics

Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the pacific

If women will be empowered the society will be empowered. Women will not sit around playing cards.

—Focus group of men in Jorausi, India (Redlund 2004)

Addressing women’s political experiences in Asia and the Pacific is an important task if only because of sheer numbers. As of 2013, 60% of the world’s population—4.3 billion people—occupied the region (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [UNESCAP] 2013). With 36 countries, Asia and the Pacific also has a large number of distinct states, second in regional size only to sub-Saharan Africa. But looking at women’s political empowerment in Asia and the Pacific is also interesting because some of the patterns in the region are unexpected and perhaps ...

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