Asia-Pacific leads other regions in women presidents, premiers Asia-Pacific has more women presidents and premiers than any region and there are more women ministers in the world than ever before, but leaders of the Global Summit of Women 2004 which opened at Lotte Hotel in Seoul in South Korea demanded a still larger role in politics. Women must secure a much brisker advancement in the political sector, they told a news conference which kicked off the 14th women's summit. The annual forum, dubbed "the Davos for Women" because of its wide-ranging program and great influence, has its largest ever gathering this year with 800 delegates from 84 countries. She released a comprehensive survey of the status of executive women showing that women have increased their role in the political world in the last few years. Asia-Pacific, with five countries led by women presidents or prime ministers, was top of the representation list. Middle Eastern countries were included in the Asia-Pacific list. Europe had the highest percentage of women ministers, with 18 percent. But Asia-Pacific (6.9 percent) trailed behind the Americas (14.7) and Africa (10.8). Twelve of the 195 countries mentioned in the report had no women ministers of any rank and nine of these countries were listed in the Asia-Pacific region - North Korea, Myanmar, Brunei, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Solomon. In most cases, women ministers remain concentrated in the social services such as environment or gender equality compared to economic, executive and political affairs, the report said. Women ministers now totaled only 1,008 but with proper advancement by 2075 can compete favorably with male cabinet members, the report showed. Continue: http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/html_dir/2004/05/28/200405280006.asp Or: http://www.onlinewomeninpolitics.org/archives/04_0528_ap_wip.htm ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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