A Tribute to Women Parliamentarians 2015 -16

Women form half of the population in Pakistan but their share in political and economic spheres is not proportionate to their numbers primarily due to cultural barriers that restrict their social and political participation. It was against this backdrop that women were given a 22 percent quota of seats in the Parliament and the Provincial…

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Comparative Legislative Report of 13th and 14th National Assembly during 28 Sessions

Comparative Legislative Report of 13th and 14th National Assembly during 28 Sessions

The fourteenth National Assembly has passed 63 bills during 28 sessions held since its inauguration on June 3, 2013, showing slightly improved legislative performance as compared to the previous National Assembly which passed 60 bills during its first 28 sessions. Despite being in a numerical minority in the Upper House of the Parliament, the incumbents…

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National Assembly 25th Session Attendance Report Card

National Assembly 25th Session Attendance Report Card

Twenty-fifth session of National Assembly spanned over four sittings only and proved to be the smallest session of the current parliamentary year. It was second session since the National Assembly started sharing publicly attendance of its members. The lawmakers’ attendance in this session showed significant improvement compared to previous sessions. On average, 235 lawmakers attended…

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24th National Assembly Session Attendance Report Card

FAFEN releases the Attendance Report Card for the 24th National Assembly Session. The report is based on the attendance data made public by the National Assembly Secretariat. The report sheds light on overall attendance of the lawmakers during the session as well as the attendance of key members such as Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, parliamentary leaders and federal ministers.

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FAFEN’s Performance Analysis of Women Lawmakers in the National Assembly (Jun 2014 – Feb 2015)

Women lawmakers in the National Assembly have been more active and assertive in their lawmaking and oversight role compared to their male counterparts, says a performance analysis released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on International Women’s Day. FAFEN’s direct observation of the National Assembly proceedings shows that the women lawmakers accounted for nearly half of the parliamentary business conducted between June 2014 and February 2015 – despite the fact that they represent only 22% of the total membership.

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Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Framework: Performance of the 13th National Assembly (2008-2013)

The 13th National Assembly brought yet another transition to democracy in Pakistan. Pakistan faced uncertainty and lingering political instability from 2008 to 2013. The defining feature of this period in Pakistan’s history was the executive-judiciary tussle. President Zardari, who took over as a civilian President from General Musharraf in 2008, did not initially restore the sacked higher judiciary. It was eventually done due to the intense mobilization of the lawyers and opposition political parties. However, seeds of the executive-judiciary tussle mushroomed into political instability. It forms the backdrop to the way the 13th National Assembly functioned and completed its tenure.

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FAFEN: Women MPs Performance in the National Assembly Report

As the first parliamentary year of the incumbent 14th National Assembly is nearing to an end, women legislators performed impressively, asserting themselves in their lawmaking role, according to a Free and Fair Election Network on the International Women’s Day. They played an active role in the lawmaking process by submitting 12 private member bills (six singly and six jointly with their colleagues). These bills mainly focused of issues pertaining to governance, human rights, democracy and political development. Similarly, women parliamentarians, singly, submitted 20 resolutions, 14 calling attention notices, 1,383 questions, 22 motions under rule 259 and raised 64 points of order during the reporting period.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor – 100 Days of 14th National Assembly of Pakistan

The 14th National Assembly took oath on June 1, 2013 after a landmark smooth and democratically managed transfer of power. Despite allegations of rigging and irregularities in the May 11 elections, the transition of power remained august as the newly-elected members took oath indicating at the increasing maturity that political organization had achieved, strengthening democracy. The oath-taking of members was followed by the election of the Speaker in a triangular contest that clearly established the majority of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) in the National Assembly.

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Performance Report of women MPs: 4th parliamentary year of 13th NA

As the National Assembly completes its fourth parliamentary year, women legislators continued to perform impressively, asserting themselves in their lawmaking and oversight roles, according to a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on the eve of the International Women’s Day.

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Performance Report of women MPs: 3rd parliamentary year of 13th NA

Women Members accounted for almost half of the parliamentary agenda conducted during the third parliamentary year of the thirteenth National Assembly, according to parliamentary records and FAFEN’s direct observation of proceedings between March 11, 2010 and March 4, 2011. Women constitute less than one-quarter (23%) of the National Assembly’s current 340 members – 77 female parliamentarians, 60 elected on reserved seats and 17 elected through popular vote. Despite their significant underrepresentation, women Members actively participated in the parliamentary business and remained more assertive and effective as compared to many of their male counterparts in the National Assembly that is headed by the country’s first woman Speaker.

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