Andalusia boasts virtual gender parity in Seville parliament

12th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Andalusia's parliament will be the second-most egalitarian in Europe following legislative elections in the region on Sunday that created a chamber consisting of an almost equal number of men and women.

12 March 2008

SEVILLE - Andalusia's parliament will be the second-most egalitarian in Europe following legislative elections in the region on Sunday that created a chamber consisting of an almost equal number of men and women.

With 50 female representatives in the 109-seat chamber, the parliament in Seville will be second only to Sweden, where women constitute 47 percent of parliamentarians. This is the result of Andalusia's new election law, which forces all parties to present an equal number of candidates of each sex and to do so in alternation on candidate lists.

Spain's election law now requires parties to make similar efforts to ensure gender equality, but because it does not have an alternation requirement, many women ended up at the bottom of candidate lists. As a result, 35.7 percent of Congress will be made up of women following Sunday's election, actually down from 36.2 percent four years ago.

[Copyright El Pais / TEREIXA CONSTENLA 2008]

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