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Timeline of first women's suffrage in majority-Muslim countries

File:US Navy 050130-M-7981G-020 Iraqi citizens come out in masses to vote for the first ever Free Elections in Iraq.jpg
Nasarwasalam, Iraq, January 30, 2005. Iraqi women set out to vote in the first "free" elections held in Iraq. Security for the polling site was provided by the Iraqi Security Force (ISF) and members of the US Marines Corps.

This timeline lists the dates of the first women's suffrage in Muslim majority countries. Dates for the right to vote, suffrage, as distinct from the right to stand for election and hold office, are listed.

Some dates relate to regional elections and where possible the second date of general election has been included. Even countries listed may not have universal suffrage for women, and some may have regressed in women's rights since the initial granting of suffrage.

It should be mentioned that for many of the nations listed below, the seeming "belatedness" of women's suffrage (relative to many European and North American nations) did not derive from Islamic politics, but rather from the fact that most of these nations were colonies of European empires for much of the twentieth century and thus had no suffrage until winning national independence. Often national independence and woman's suffrage occurred simultaneously.

Brunei has had no suffrage for men or women since 1965 due to a continued declared state of emergency. In 2004 the Sultan announced that for the next parliament, fifteen of the 20 seats would be elected. However, no date for the election has been set.[13]

See also


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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 Lewis, Jone Johnson. "International Woman Suffrage Timeline". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "A World Chronology of the Recognition of Women's Rights to Vote and to Stand for Election". Inter-Parliamentary Union. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  6. revoked under Taliban rule 1996-2001
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  11. Buchanan, Emily (25 September 2011). "Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  12. "Saudi Arabia: Women Can Vote, Starting in 2015 | PBS NewsHour". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  13. "Timeline: Brunei". BBC News. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-04-24.