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Female MPs Contribute 33% to Parliamentary Business During 2018-19: Fafen Report

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) on the occasion of International Women’s Day has released its report regarding the contribution of Women parliamentarians in the National Assembly.

According to report, Female lawmakers constitute one fifth (20 per cent or 89) of the parliament – 69 in the National Assembly and 20 in the Senate.

On average, each female lawmaker in the National Assembly sponsored eight agenda items in comparison to three items by each male lawmaker. However, in the Senate, they sponsored seven agenda items as compared to eight items by their male colleagues.

The report further states that each female member of the National Assembly (MNA) attended 83 per cent of the NA sittings while each senator attended 64 per cent of the Senate sittings.

The male MNAs and male senators attended 70 per cent and 57 per cent sittings of their respective house.

In the upper house, each sitting had 83 per cent female senators and 71 per cent male senators present in the House.

In comparison with the last parliamentary year (2017-18), the contribution of the female lawmakers to the agenda in 2018-2019 witnessed a decline from 39 per cent to 33 per cent.