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Political Parties and Participation: Canada
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The story of Muslim women and political parties and participation in Canada is one of beginnings: Muslim women are only just starting to become involved in formal politics in Canada. (This is true also of Muslim men.) As in most other polities, women in general are underrepresented in Canadian legislatures, ranking 35th out of 181 countries according to the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (data from IPU December 2002).

In the last ten years, although there has been a remarkable increase in the number of minority women elected to the federal parliament, m…

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Bullock, Katherine, “Political Parties and Participation: Canada”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0125d>
First published online: 2009

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