List of the first women holders of political offices in Asia

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This is a list of political offices which have been held by a woman, with details of the first woman holder of each office. It is ordered by the countries in Asia and by dates of appointment. Please observe that this list is meant to contain only the first woman to hold of a political office, and not all the female holders of that office.

Contents

Afghanistan[edit]

Democratic Republic of Afghanistan[edit]

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan[edit]

Bahrain[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

Bhutan[edit]

Cambodia[edit]

China[edit]

Early Imperial China[edit]

Mid-Imperial China[edit]

People's Republic of China[edit]

Republic of China[edit]

East Timor[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

British Hong Kong
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

India[edit]

Central Government[edit]

British Raj[edit]

Dominion and Republic of India[edit]

Andhra Pradesh[edit]

Assam[edit]

Bihar[edit]

Delhi[edit]

Goa[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]

Ancient Indonesia[edit]

East Indonesia[edit]

Republic of Indonesia[edit]

Iran[edit]

Sasanian Empire[edit]

Imperial State[edit]

Islamic Republic[edit]

Iraq[edit]

  • Minister of Municipalities – Naziha al-Dulaimi – 1959[97] (also first female government minister in the Arab world)

Israel[edit]

Japan[edit]

Jordan[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic[edit]

  • Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Committee - Maryam Tugambayeva - 1932
  • Acting Chairperson of the Executive Committee - Kalima Amankulova - 1938
  • Deputy Premier Minister - Zaure S. Omarova - 1959
  • Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet - Kapitalina Nikolaevna Kryukova - 1960
  • Minister of Culture - Laila Galievna Galimzhanova - 1965
  • Minister of Social Affairs - Zaure S. Omarova - 1966
  • Foreign ministerAkmaral Arystanbekova – 1989[134]

Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic[edit]

Kyrgyz Republic[edit]

Kuwait[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Macau[edit]

Portuguese Macau[edit]

Special Administration of PRC China[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Maldives[edit]

Mongolia[edit]

Mongolian People's Republic[edit]

Mongolia[edit]

Myanmar[edit]

Burma[edit]

Myanmar[edit]

Nepal[edit]

Kingdom[edit]

Deputy Minister- Health and Local Self-Governance Mrs Dwarika Devi Thakurani - 1959

Republic[edit]

North Korea[edit]

Oman[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Dominion[edit]

Republic[edit]

West Pakistan[edit]

West Pakistan was in existence from 1955 to 1970.

Balochistan[edit]

  • Minister (1976) – Fazila Aliani[201]
  • Minister of Health, Education and Social Welfare (1976) – Fazila Aliani[201]

Punjab[edit]

  • Parliamentary Secretary (1951) – Begum Khudeja G.A. Khan[202]

Sindh[edit]

Palestine[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Commonwealth[edit]

Republic[edit]

Singapore[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

British Ceylon[edit]

Dominion[edit]

Republic[edit]

Syria[edit]

Tajikistan[edit]

Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic[edit]

  • Vice-President - K. Alueva - 1960
  • Deputy Premier Minister - A.N. Atanepesova - 1960
  • Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee Department of Propaganda and Agitation - Ibodat Rakhimova - 1966
  • Minister of Trade Raisa - M. Grishiha - 1974
  • Minister of Social Affairs - Karomat Mirzoalieva - 1978

Tajik Republic[edit]

  • Minister of Health - Inumzada Jura - 1992
  • Minister, Chairperson of the State-Committee of Youth, Sports and Tourism Zebiniso - S. Rustamova - 1992
  • Minister of Education - Bozgul Dodkhudoeva - 1993
  • Deputy Premier Minister - Munira Abdulloyevna Inoyatova - 1994
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs - Ozoda Rahmon - 2009

Taiwan[edit]

Tannu Tuva[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Turkmenistan[edit]

Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic[edit]

Republic of Turkmenistan[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic[edit]

Republic of Uzbekistan[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Yemen[edit]

See also[edit]

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