PESHAWAR: It is admirable that efforts are underway to increase women’s participation in the political process and more in the voting exercise scheduled later this month. Not many female candidates have been given tickets by political parties. This is not commensurate with their proportion in the country’s population. Not many women come out of their homes to cast their votes and become a part of the political process. Though more female polling stations are being set up in north-western regions of the country, cultural factors and conservative forces continue to stop women from exercising their right to vote.
Hence, any steps taken in this regard must first address the cultural factors, only then will women of these areas become empowered enough to actively participate in the political process.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2018.
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