Iceland, the first time of women majority in an EU Parliament- Corriere.it

Iceland, the first time of women majority in an EU Parliament- Corriere.it
Iceland, the first time of women majority in an EU Parliament- Corriere.it
from Monica Ricci Sargentini

Out of 63 seats in the National Assembly, 52.3% goes to female deputies. It had never happened in Europe. In Sweden it had reached 47%

For the first time, the Parliament of a European country will be made up of more women than men. happened in Iceland where 33 seats out of 63 of the Althingi, the National Assembly, were won by deputies who thus reached a historic 52.3%. F.up to now the primacy of the female presence was held by Sweden with 47% of parliamentarians.

A result that was not achieved thanks to the quotas but with a cultural change that pushed the parties to favor the presence of women on the lists. Iceland, which has 370,000 inhabitants, is now ruled by Katrin Jakobsdttir, 45, leader of the Greens. In 2018, the country also approved a pioneering law on equal pay and for 12 consecutive years at the top of the World Economic Forum’s ranking on gender equality.

With 37 seats out of 63, the vote confirmed the alliance between left and right who has been in power for four years but the party of the ecological premier Jakobsdttir has lost ground to eight seats.

Certainly not said that the numerical majority go hand in hand with a policy of equality between the sexes, judging by the other countries in the world that have achieved this goal. These are Rwanda with 61% of women in Parliament, Cuba (53%), Nicaragua (51%), Mexico and the United Arab Emirates (50%) according to data provided by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

September 26, 2021 (change September 26, 2021 | 13:29)

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