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by Fran on Fri Mar 6th, 2009 at 02:36:55 PM EST
EurActiv.com - Citizens, politicians at odds over gender quotas | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
Europeans believe women in politics positively impact on decision-making, surveys show. However, they do not support mandatory quotas to boost gender representation in the European Parliament, a measure generally favoured by female politicians.

As political parties across Europe gear up for the European elections in June, a new Eurobarometer surveyexternal  commissioned jointly by the EU executive and the Parliament, published on Wednesday (4 March), shows that more women (67%) than men (59%) prefer non-intrusive methods, like quotas, to boost women's representation in the European Parliament.

Quotas or not quotas?

However, female politicians argue that without some structure in place, women will fail to fill half of the hemicycles, as sough by 70% of women across Europe.

"I believe in quotas," said Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström, presenting the survey to the European Parliament. "I see it as a way of correcting an existing imbalance and injustice. Unfortunately, we need those practical tools" to involve more women in decision-making, she added.

by Fran on Fri Mar 6th, 2009 at 02:58:57 PM EST
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EurActiv.com - Sarah Palin inspires EU gender campaigners | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
'Females in Front', a campaign that seeks to boost women's representation in the European Parliament and other EU top jobs available next year, has embraced Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate for the US presidency, despite her long-standing opposition to abortion.

The 50/50 campaign was launched yesterday (16 September) in Brussels in the presence of Margot Wallström, the Commission vice president in charge of institutional relations and communication strategy.

Although women attending the event tended to support the Democratic Party, they welcomed Sarah Palin's nomination as the Republican candidate for US Vice President.

Emma Bonino, a former European commissioner who is now vice president of the Italian Senate, said she "doesn't like" Sarah Palin but was nevertheless pleased that a woman had now joined the US presidential race.

by Fran on Fri Mar 6th, 2009 at 03:01:03 PM EST
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