UN lauds record-breaking number of women in new US Congress
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UN lauds record-breaking number of women in new US Congress

United Nations, Nov 9 : Terming it 'unprecedented', the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, UN Women has hailed the record number of women contesting the United States Congressional elections this week and described it as “critical'' for gender equality and sustainable development.

As many as 277 women contested the so-called mid-term 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, in a statement described as an “historic victory” and cause for celebration.

''With more women in decision-making positions in many countries, we see more inclusive decisions, and we find different solutions to long-standing problems,'' it read.

Underlining that there was a 75 per cent increase in women of colour seeking to hold office in the House or Senate, the statement said, “The new cohort of elected women will bring the total number in Congress to more than 100. This is a record. (UNI)