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

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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.

Timeline

1917

1918

1920

1921

1924

1927

1930

1932

1938

1934

1945

1946

1947

1948

1949

1952

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1967

1970

1972

1973

  •  Bahrain[6] (Bahrain did not hold elections until 2002)

1974

1978

1980

1985

1996

1999

2001

2003

2005

2006

2015

See also

References

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