Gender quotas get legal backing in Ireland

Interesting news from Ireland on the long-running question of male dominance of elected Parliamentary posts:

GENDER QUOTAS are set to become law after the Electoral Amendment (Political Funding) Bill 2011 passed all stages in the Dáil yesterday.

The legislation, which has yet to be signed by the President, will halve State funding to parties unless 30 per cent of their candidates at the next general election are women. This figure will rise to 40 per cent at subsequent general elections…

The lobby group Women for Election also welcomed the development, but said the legislation would not be enough to encourage more women into politics.

Co-founder Niamh Gallagher said other “proactive” measures, such as mentoring and training, were necessary to encourage more women to run for office.

The legislation has proved contentious in the past, with a small number of Government backbenchers speaking out against it. [Irish Times]

* Mark Pack is a member of the Federal Board and editor of Liberal Democrat Newswire.

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in Election law and News.
Advert

5 Comments

  • Simon McGrath 24th Jul '12 - 9:52pm

    I remember the days when Lib Dems were against sex discrimination. Indeed we though it so important we put it in our constitution
    “we reject all prejudice and discrimination based upon race, colour, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation”

  • Donnacha Maguire 25th Jul '12 - 9:07am

    While this Bill was passed , it doesn’t have universal support. Many feel that it is merely a plaster over a wound and won’t deal with the fundamental reasons why women don’t get involved or stay involved in the political process.

  • Its good to see how different areas are taking action to increase gender balance.

    As this is a quota for candidates, the effect on overall elected representatives is not certain, however it will certainly galvanise parties’ efforts to overcome the extra barriers that women face.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Raw 15th Nov - 11:35pm
    Good effort by Vince...... and, as per usual..... good post by Katharine..... The only spresm a dodgy mike.
  • User AvatarFiona 15th Nov - 11:12pm
    It's an interesting experiment, and I strongly suspect many of us could switch categories if we were in a slightly more or less decisive mood,...
  • User AvatarDJ 15th Nov - 10:49pm
    The latest Lib Dem ad I saw on TV seemed to have no contribution by a Welsh MP/Senedd member. Such a strange turn of events...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 15th Nov - 10:47pm
    Dear David Raw, Thank you so much. I have been fortunate, as someone who has had atrial fibrillation for many years, a possible stroke was...
  • User Avatartony 15th Nov - 10:42pm
    The view from Copeland: I was glued to this evening's Brexit Statement by Prime Minister Teresa May live on BBC News and Sky News. I...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 15th Nov - 10:15pm
    Lib Dems, who claim to be champions for mental health, should pause for thought about a report published today : The Guardian 15 November, 2018...