UN agency hails record-break­ing num­ber of women in US Con­gress

DNA (Delhi) - - WORLD -

United Na­tions: The record num­ber of women who stood as can­di­dates and won in the US midterm polls marked an un­prece­dented ad­vance crit­i­cal for the achieve­ment of gen­der equal­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, the UN gen­der equal­ity agency has said.

A to­tal of 277 women ran in the midterm elec­tions for the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Se­nate from both ma­jor par­ties Demo­crat and Repub­li­can — rep­re­sent­ing an ar­ray of ages, races, re­li­gions, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions, back­grounds and cul­tures, which UN Women de­scribed as an “his­toric vic­tory” and cause for cel­e­bra­tion.

“The new co­hort of elected women will bring the to­tal num­ber in the Con­gress to more than 100. This is a record,” the state­ment is­sued by UN Women on Thurs­day said.

It added that there was a 75 per cent in­crease in women of colour seek­ing to hold of­fice in the House or Se­nate.

Some of those mak­ing his­tory in­clude the first Na­tive Amer­i­can women ever to win seats in the House - New Mex­ico Demo­crat Deb Haa­land and Kansas Demo­crat Sharice Davids, who is also the first openly LGBT mem­ber of Con­gress from the state of Kansas.

The first Mus­lim women, Rashida Tlaib, Demo­crat and Il­han Omar, Demo­crat, hail­ing from Michi­gan and Min­nesota, re­spec­tively, also made his­tory and cel­e­brated vic­tory on Tues­day night.

This sort of in­clu­siv­ity is “a vi­tal hu­man right and crit­i­cal for the achieve­ment of gen­der equal­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” the UN agency said.

Rashida Tlaib was first Mus­lim woman to win

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