Agence France-Presse: Babies and boldness for Myanmar’s new wave of women MPs

March 8, 2016 — Agence France-Presse quotes The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Myanmar Kim Ninh:

“Women now make up 14.5 percent of the combined national parliament, a dramatic increase from the previous legislature – the country’s first after the end of outright military rule – which had the lowest percentage in Asia with just 5.9 percent, according to the Asia Foundation’s Myanmar representative Kim N B Ninh… A 2015 survey of women in the former parliament suggested they ‘perceive themselves as being less qualified than they actually are, a perception reinforced by the lack of respect and trust afforded to women in positions of leadership by the society around them,’ Ninh said in a recent article.”

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