Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Women Power in Iran

Iranian women queue in a polling station to vote for the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in Qom. AP Photo
Iran has just concluded parliamentary elections.
According to the official voting results issued on Saturday, seventeen women became members of the 290-seat parliament compared to clerics who only won 16 seats, AFP reported. Although the clerics fall just one seat behind women, their overall number has reached an all-time low.

The number of clerics in parliament in Iran has steadily declined over the years from 164 in the first parliament just after the Islamic revolution in 1979. This election ended the 12-year dominance of the Islamic hardliners over parliament.

BBC's Kasra Naji says the results signal "a major shift in public support away from hardline Islamic conservatives.

April 29's run-off election was held in constituencies where no candidate had won the minimum proportion of the vote in the first round on February 26, 2016.
What is more, female politicians have beaten their previous record as the highest number of seats they managed to get in the past was just 14. Compared to the previous election, the number of women almost doubled. Sure, women parliamentarians constitute only a mere 6 percent but it is a start.
Hooray for the women in Iran!
I was at the Allianz Toastmasters meeting on Tuesday and surprise, surprise I had to take up three meeting roles: Speech Evaluator, Table Topics Evaluator and General Evaluator. As expected, I coped very well. A good meeting!


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