List of the first female holders of political offices in Asia

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Afghanistan[edit]

Democratic Republic of Afghanistan:

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan:

Bahrain[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

China[edit]

Early Imperial China:

Mid-Imperial China:

People's Republic of China:

East Timor[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

India[edit]

Central Government[edit]

British India

Independent India

Andhra Pradesh[edit]

Assam[edit]

Bihar[edit]

Delhi[edit]

Gujarat[edit]

Himachal Pradesh[edit]

Karnataka[edit]

Kerala[edit]

Madhya Pradesh[edit]

Maharashtra[edit]

Orissa[edit]

Punjab[edit]

Rajasthan[edit]

Tamil Nadu[edit]

Uttarakhand[edit]

Uttar Pradesh[edit]

West Bengal[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Iran[edit]

Iraq[edit]

  • Minister of Municipalities - Naziha al-Dulaimi - 1959 (also first female government minister in the Arab world)

Israel[edit]

Japan[edit]

Jordan[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (part of the Soviet Union):

Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic (part of the Soviet Union):

Kyrgyz Republic (independent):

Kuwait[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Macau[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Maldives[edit]

Mongolia[edit]

Mongolian People's Republic:

Mongolia:

Nepal[edit]

Kingdom of Nepal

Oman[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Dominion of Pakistan:

Islamic Republic of Pakistan:

West Pakistan[edit]

West Pakistan was in existence from 1955 to 1970.

Balochistan[edit]

  • Minister (1976) - Fazila Aliani[23]
  • Minister of Health, Education and Social Welfare (1976) - Fazila Aliani[23]

Punjab[edit]

  • Parliamentary Secretary (1951) - Begum Khudeja G.A. Khan[24]

Sindh[edit]

Palestine[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Commonwealth of the Philippines (associated state of the USA):

Republic of the Philippines:

South Korea[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

British Ceylon (colony):

Dominion of Ceylon:

Sri Lanka:

Syria[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

Tannu Tuva[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Turkmenistan[edit]

Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (part of the Soviet Union):

Uzbekistan[edit]

Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (part of the Soviet Union):

Republic of Uzbekistan (independent):

Yemen[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Shirin to become first woman Speaker". 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biographical Sketches of Sketches of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha". Rajya Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Governors of Kerala
  4. ^ "Rajasthan gets its first woman Governor". The Hindu. 29 November 2004. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Dalia Itzik becomes acting president Jerusalem Post, 25 January 2007
  6. ^ "Women In Gulf Politics: A Progress Report". The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. 28 June 2005. 
  7. ^ "Kuwait's woman minister sworn-in". BBC News. 20 June 2005. 
  8. ^ "Kuwait votes for first female MPs". BBC News. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Women win parliamentary seats for first time in Kuwait". CNN. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  10. ^ http://www.arkib.gov.my/en/web/guest/tun-fatimah-bt-haji-hashim
  11. ^ http://www.arkib.gov.my/en/web/guest/tan-sri-datin-paduka-seri-hajah-aishah-ghani
  12. ^ te Velde, Dirk Willem (January 2000), Women in Politics:Voices from the Commonwealth, London: Commonwealth Secretariat, pp. 86–89, ISBN 978-0850925692 
  13. ^ a b http://portman.edu.my/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Portman%20Profiles/tansri.html
  14. ^ http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Features/2010/07/22/Raising-the-bar/
  15. ^ http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=110781:nancy-shukri-from-activist-to-law-minister&Itemid=2#axzz38ZCF4xM2
  16. ^ http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-names-new-cabinet-with-old-timers-some-new-faces
  17. ^ http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/05/31/Subang-Jaya-rep-Hannah-Yeoh-appointed-first-woman-Speaker/
  18. ^ a b c Raana Liaquat Ali Khan Humsafar Retrieved 17 April 2011
  19. ^ "Benazir Bhutto: Daughter of Tragedy" by Muhammad Najeeb, Hasan Zaidi, Saurabh Shulka and S. Prasannarajan, India Today, 7 January 2008
  20. ^ Pakistan Retrieved 17 April 2011
  21. ^ Provincial Assembly of West Pakistan Provincial Assembly of Punjab (PAP) Retrieved 17 April 2011
  22. ^ also see Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan (Punjabi politician)
  23. ^ a b Opening Doors for Girls in Balochistan Province of Pakistan UNICEF 2003. Retrieved 17 April 2011
  24. ^ Legislators Provincial Assembly of Punjab (PAP) Retrieved 17 April 2011
  25. ^ "Geronima T. Pecson". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  26. ^ Sopchokchai, Orapin. Female Members of Parliament, Women's Political Participation at the National Level, Women's Political Participation in Thailand, TDRI Quarterly Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, December 1998, pp. 11-20
  27. ^ Iwanaga, Kazuki. Women in Politics in Thailand, Working Paper No. 14, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden, 2005
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k http://www.cabinet.thaigov.go.th/bb2_main11.htm
  29. ^ "Yingluck, Pheu Thai win in a landslide". Bangkok Post. 3 July 2011. 
  30. ^ CNN, [Talking politics with Thailand's PM http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/17/ta.abhisit/index.html], 18 December 2008

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