50/50 Campaign: Get the Balance Right!
Government replies to the UN Questionnaire for the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action show that countries which have applied quota systems in decision-making bodies, national and local parliaments, and political parties experienced a significant increase in women’s representation. This is true not only for Europe but for Africa, Asia and Latin America as well.
In the proposed outcome document submitted by the Preparatory Committee for the special session of the General Assembly, governments agreed that quotas can be used to improve women’s political participation. In paragraph 100a of Section IV, governments committed themselves to ” set and encourage the use of explicit short and long-term bound targets or measurable goals, including where appropriate, quotas to promote progress towards gender balance including women’s equal access to and full participation on a basis of equality with men in all areas and at all levels of public life, especially in decision and policy-making positions, in political parties and political activities, in all government ministries and at key policy-making institutions, as well as in local development bodies and authorities.”
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