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Public Office: Arab States
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Women in the Arab world today enjoy the smallest share of parliamentary seats worldwide. They occupy only 5.7 percent of all parliamentary seats in the region, as compared to 15 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 12.9 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean countries. Women hold 3 out of 128 (2.3 percent) seats in Lebanon; 6 out of 110 (5.4 percent) in the lower house and 7 out of 55 (12.7 percent) in the upper house in Jordan; 11 out of 454 (2.4 percent) in the lower house in Egypt; 24 out of…

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Jamal, Amaney, “Public Office: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0138b>
First published online: 2009



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