In many countries, quotas are used as an efficient measure to diversify politics. Egalitarian and female-friendly policy is closely linked to the number of female politicians. However, it should be carefully examined if making it easier for some women to enter the ruling class will improve social conditions for others.
As the extreme right gains momentum in Europe, it is striking to see that more and more of its leaders are female. How can the success of women like Marine le Pen (France) or Frauke Petry and Beatrix von Storch (Germany) be explained?
Last year’s parliamentary elections introduced a record number of women to the Polish Parliament, as well as the third female Prime Minister. However the Polish political scene still remains dominated by men, and the idea of female politicians as “puppets” is widely talked about.
Although nearly one hundred years have passed since women gained the right to vote, their representation in Czech politics remains low and has hardly increased. Are women less interested in politics? Are they less qualified or competent than their male counterparts? Or is it that women face hidden obstacles, a form of glass ceiling?
Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) talks about her position, feminism in Europe and women in political decision-making roles.
As we proceed into a new realm of politics in 2016, with the Women’s Equality Party up and running, it is important to reflect back on the historical progression of women in politics and examine whether we can really achieve equality.
In Serbia, prejudice regards the abilities of women in high positions within the working sphere and politics continue to exist, reflecting traditional views of women’s role in society. There are systematic obstacles that limit women’s self-fulfillment and professional success, despite their access to higher education and active presence in the labour market. Although today a […]
Dalia Grybauskaitė has been twice elected as Lithuania’s president and has been hailed as an influential female leader. A discussion of her career and achievements.
When the Beijing Platform was adopted in 1995, only 11.5% of members of parliaments worldwide were women. Today, there are around 22%. Why did it matter back then and why does it still matter now? This is our topic of this month.