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Bangladesh

Local decision-making organizations and women’s representation in them

There are two types of local government institutions one for rural and another for urban areas. 

The local government in the rural areas is a four-tier system consisting of: i. Gram Parishad; ii. Union Parishad; iii. Upazila Parishad; and iv. Zila Parishad.
The urban local government institutions are: i. Municipalities, and ii. City Corporations.

Three seats for each Union Parishad and municipalities are reserved for women who are directly elected by the voters. The number of women-reserved seats for city corporations depends upon population in the respective areas (17).
In 1997, 14 228 women were elected as members of union councils (17).

Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography