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Faced with escalating violence, a lack of funding, and locked out of male-dominated networks, many women are reluctant to enter politics with growing concerns that a drive to get women into power globally is moving far too slowly, experts said.FIGHTING FOR WOMEN'S ISSUESData from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the international organization of parliaments, shows women held 23.6 percent of seats in 193 parliaments on Sept. 1 this year, up from 17.7 percent a decade ago and 11.8 percent in 1997 .Where no quotas were used, women took 12 percent of seats.Micronesia has never had a women in politics while an election this year in Papua New Guinea, which has some of the world's highest rates of violence against women, ended with no women among the 111 MPs for the first time in 25 years.
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