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Women in Parliament: Islamists in Tunisia Field More Women as Candidates than the Percentage of Women in the US Congress

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Tunisian Parliament--Nov 23, 2011

Tunisian Parliament--Nov 23, 2011

Women in Parliament: Islamists in Tunisia Field More Women as Candidates than the Percentage of Women in the US Congress

Whenever a Western power wants to invade and or bomb a Muslim nation one invariably hears about how the “women are oppressed in ________(insert Muslim nation of choice)” and “we must liberate them from the clutches of those evil, backward, misogynistic Muslim men.” That is one of the reasons we’ve termed the bombing, invasion and occupation of Muslim lands, the Greater Islamophobia.

Interestingly, when one analyzes say…the number of women in positions of power in countries across the world, we see the percentages of women in parliament to be higher in many majority Muslim nations than in parts of the West. [These statistics also buttress the fact that more Muslim nations have had female leaders, (Presidents, Prime Ministers) than the USA!]

Below we have a list of countries whose percentages of women in parliament is higher than the USA, which ranks a dismal 71st.

*Afghanistan (I have added an asterisk here because this nation is under foreign occupation and the results for many are not considered legitimate. However it is still interesting that Afghanis, some of the most vilified people in the world today when it comes to views of women vote for them at a higher percentage than Americans.)

Rank Country Lower or single House Upper House or Senate
Elections Seats* Women % W Elections Seats* Women % W
30 Afghanistan 9 2010 249 69 27.7% 1 2011 102 28 27.5%

Tunisia is not a surprise to many who know the country, but lets put these numbers into perspective. The Islamist party Ennahda won elections, they are known as “moderates,” but within the media, especially the Right we see an effort to translate Ennahda’s victory into a harbinger for the repression of women’s rights and other usual hoopla associated with Right-wing anti-Islam rhetoric. As the Angry Arab, As’ad Abu Khalil remarks“I just figured that Tunisian Islamists fielded more women as candidates than the percentage of women in the US Congress.”

32 Tunisia 10 2011 217 57 26.3%

*Iraq

36 Iraq 3 2010 325 82 25.2%

Sudan

37 Sudan 4 2010 346 87 25.1% 5 2010 28 5 17.9%

Kyrgyzstan

45 Kyrgyzstan 10 2010 120 28 23.3%

Senegal

46 Senegal 6 2007 150 34 22.7% 8 2007 100 40 40.0%

Pakistan

47 Pakistan 2 2008 342 76 22.2% 3 2009 100 17 17.0%

Mauritania

48 Mauritania 11 2006 95 21 22.1% 11 2009 56 8 14.3%

Uzbekistan

49 Uzbekistan 12 2009 150 33 22.0% 1 2010 100 15 15.0%

Tajikistan

60 Tajikistan 2 2010 63 12 19.0% 3 2010 34 5 14.7%

Bangladesh

63 Bangladesh 12 2008 345 64 18.6%

Indonesia

65 Indonesia 4 2009 560 101 18.0%

Kazakhstan

66 Kazakhstan 8 2007 107 19 17.8% 8 2011 47 ? ?

United Arab Emirates

67 United Arab Emirates 9 2011 40 7 17.5%

All of the above nations did better than the USA.

Here are two Western nations who you’d think would have done better in the numbers and who wax eloquent about “women’s rights,” even using it as a pretext to bomb and invade nations:

61 France 6 2007 577 109 18.9% 9 2011 348 77 22.1%
71 United States of America 2 11 2010 434 73 16.8% 11 2010 100 17 17.0%

Of course some of the above Muslim nations still have low percentages, however my purpose here is not to draw conclusions but to add to the empirical evidence when it comes to the discussion of women, women’s role in Muslim societies and women’s rights.

As the battle over birth control, invasive procedures before abortion, etc. rages on in the USA, the above stats provide a healthy if sobering perspective to the belligerent discussion in the looniverse about Muslim women.

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25 Comments »

  1. how many times have you heard this? Twice at the most? For the Iraq and Afghan wars? Or am I missing something? I remember exactly zero times people bringing that up for Libya.

  2. And its usually some hardcore Christian zealot who wants to take rights away from American women who’s saying it.

  3. Ironically, the Muslim nations that the US have invaded (with the exception of the Taliban’s government pre-9/11 Afghanistan) have had secular, socialistic governments – Baathist Iraq, Qaddafi’s Libya, rather than Islamist ones.

  4. It’s called Colonial Feminism.

  5. …Yet State-sanctioned medical rape is all-American fun!

  6. And yet, the U.S. has yet to have a female president.

  7. 200+ yrs of spreading hate and fear. Not to worry , the world notices and america is broke lol. Kill the snake the world will get peace. Qadafi wanted to paid in gold , america paper he used as toilet paper lol, america than not wanting to trade oil for gold fearing other muslim nations would follow attacked and made it look like he was evil. Libya the only africa country who was not in the red nor begging for assistance. Green snake in green grass is the allies.

  8. This was true of Iraq as well — back in the day before we invaded.

  9. that means if the republicans win – some country will have to invade us to liberate our women, from those evil bastards……..too funny.

  10. I wish somebody would liberate us from the rantings of Rick Santorum.

  11. hmm, I remember driving down the road in Afghanistan one freezing cold day a couple years ago. I saw a man stop on the roadside, take his coat off, and wrap it around his wife. That’s when I realized they only had one coat between them. The next day I had my wife send about 10 of my unused coats to me to hand out. Just because Muslim men treat their wives like they are a special jewel or flower does not mean they hate them and mistreat them. Western women are jealous because most of them have traded “emancipation” for being special in someone’s heart. Just ask hillary clinton how that feels.

  12. I’d like to think those two things are not mutually exclusive.

  13. Must be rubbing off, cuz they’re the ones tryin to oppress women here.

  14. Those women may be saying the same thing about us!

  15. I have 2 say if a woman is not being treated well its not because of her religious beliefs. That’s not Sharia law that is a personal problem, issues that the individual man has n needs 2 deal with.

  16. Meanwhile, douchebags like Santorum back at home want to roll women’s rights back 100 years. They see no irony in this at all.

  17. OTOH, John Hamm, I’m not sure making women wear shapeless sacks with eye slits in public is treating them like a ‘special jewel or flower’. And Hilary Clinton’s Secretary of State. That makes her pretty damn special in her own right.

  18. Meghan Storke

    Lol thats what Middle Eastern countries do but not Islam hun..as long as both men and women dress modestly enough and act humbly theyre ok. Shapeless bags doesnt make you a hijabi

  19. Meghan
    Um islam and most Muslim males actually dont say women should be dressed like that. Muslims are the protecters of the Muslimahs. Its Arab tradition also to dress up, and treat women like jewels that need protection.

  20. The USA does not hold the moral high ground on the way women are treated. Google the domestic violence rate, the number of women that are killed by their spouses, or are left in poverty with their children due to non-support. Currently there are laws being presented that limit women’s health care. There are more unmarried women having children now than ever.

  21. The USA does not hold the moral high ground on the way women are treated. Google the domestic violence rate, the number of women that are killed by their spouses, or are left in poverty with their children due to non-support. Currently there are laws being presented that limit women’s health care. There are more unmarried women having children now than ever.

  22. usually, news against that country comes 3 to 4 years ahead of time. Firs Our American’s brains are pre-washed, prepared through media so we are already hating that country. It makes very easy to go war against that Muslim country.

  23. usually, news against that country comes 3 to 4 years ahead of time. Firs Our American’s brains are pre-washed, prepared through media so we are already hating that country. It makes very easy to go war against that Muslim country.

  24. Prewashed brains. Sort of reminds me of thousands of people in various town squares shouting ‘”Death to America” and other catch phrases inciting them to love and friendliness in regards to the U.S. and other western powers.

  25. […] and denied its hand in the bloodshed. Nevertheless, with stable elections in Egypt and Tunisia, the surge of women in Middle Eastern politics, and the warlord Joseph Kony’s timely, impending fate, the march […]

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