Modern democratic age is based on the philosophy of |ONE-MAN ONEVOTE".
Women constitute more than 50% of the world population. Pakistan's
Constitution of 1973 has guaranteed women's political rights, equally with
men. The general elections of 2002 and 2008 witnessed greater women
political participations compared to the elections of 20th Century. The 9/11
incident and un-natural death of Benazir Bhutto left society plagued with
extremism, fundamentalism and terrorism. In many instances, the war on
terror crossed 'Durand-Line' and affected Pakistan, especially Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, where every second family faced causality. Vested
interests and international media focused on the region and sketched it from
darkness to table of discussion. The reports of FAFEN, IDEA, PILDAT,
European Union Observation Mission and Election Commission of Pakistan
also acknowledged the truth that political participation of women has
accelerated in Pakistan tremendously by means of casting votes, launching
elections campaigns and contesting elections on general seats.
1-Saeed Ahmad PhD Scholar, Political Science, University of Peshawar & Lecturer at HED, KP, Pakistan.2-Bakhtiar Khan PhD Scholar, Political Science, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan.3-Ijaz Khalid PhD Scholar & Demonstrator, Department of Political Science, AWKUM, Mardan, Pakistan.
Democracy, Women's Political Participation, Women as Voters, Elections Campaigners, and Elections Contestants on General Seats