Christian party mulls women membership

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21 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — The executive of the SGP has proposed allowing women to become voting members of the conservative Christian party. But this new status would still preclude women holding public office on behalf of the party.

21 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — The executive of the SGP has proposed allowing women to become voting members of the conservative Christian party. But this new status would still preclude women holding public office on behalf of the party.

The SGP's position on women and politics has been controversial since the party was founded in 1918. Last year a Dutch court ruled the SGP should no longer receive State funding as long as it blocks women from full membership.

The party leadership unveiled a compromise proposal on Friday that would alter the party's statutes to give women voting rights within the party. Although this would give women the opportunity to have a say in picking its candidates, a spokesperson for the SGP's two MPs said the proposal would not alter the founding principle that women must not hold elected office.

The party's full name is the Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij (Constitutional Reformed Party) and it draws its inspiration from the traditions of the Dutch Reformed Church. Represented in parliament since 1922, the SGP consistently wins two or three seats in general elections.

It often cooperates closely on the local and national level with the ChristenUnie, another small Christian party.  

Click here for more information on the SGP.

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Subject: Dutch news

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