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Ratio Of Women In Parliaments Hits Record High

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A UN study says that the share of seats held by women in parliaments around the world rose 1.5 percentage points in the past year to a record 21.8 percent.

The study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women, released on March 11, says the number of women holding parliamentary seats now is almost double the number in 1995 but still increases too slowly.

John Hendra, UN Women's deputy executive director for policy and program, said that at the current pace "it will take decades to reach gender parity in parliaments."

He said temporary special measures such as quotas, support of political parties, and a strong women's movement are key factors for boosting the number of women in parliaments around the world.

Based on reporting by Reuters and RFE/RL