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Palestinian election October 2012 women vote

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Palestinians are voting for the first time in six years in municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 20th. The elections are also unique because for the first time in Palestine, there are two all women electoral lists vying for seats in the municipal councils. The question of women running for office in Palestine is complex. The West Bank is still a very traditional society in many ways with traditional expectations for women, even though many Palestinian women are very well-educated and are seen to be productive members of society. Is the West Bank ready for all women's electoral lists? Do these women's lists represent a real step forward for women in Palestinian society or are they merely symbolic ? Wynne Mancini, JN1, Ramallah
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