MP: Estonia should implement gender quotas in politics ({{commentsTotal}})

MPs Marianne Mikko and Urve Palo are both from the Social Democratic Party, which voluntarily implemented internal gender quotas. 27 of 101 Riigikogu members are currently women. Source: (Jaanus Lensment/Postimees/Scanpix)

Estonia should take the advice of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and implement gender quotas in politics, says MP Marianne Mikko, head of Estonia’s delegation to the assembly.

PACE approved a resolution on gender equality on Thursday which stressed the need to promote women’s participation in politics, reported spokespeople for the Riigikogu. One of the proposed ideas in the resolution was to implement gender quotas which would allow for the improvement of women’s representation in politics.

“Estonia’s Social Democratic Party (SDE) has voluntarily implemented a quota within the party, and the Reform Party has begun to follow suit,” explained Mikko, herself a member of the SDE. “As a result, the [101-member] Riigikogu now has 27 women MPs — more than ever before.”

Mikko went on to bring up other countries where such a quota had proven effective and even beneficial, stating that “The more women make decisions in society, the more democratic the country is. The Nordic countries are an example of this because in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland, the share of women in parliaments as well as in governments is around 40 percent.”

Other topics to be discussed at the PACE meeting this week included intellectual property rights on the internet, the fate of people during the war in Ukraine, the March Brussels attacks, and the Panama Papers.

PACE is one of the two statutory organs of the Council of Europe, an international organization dedicated to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law; it oversees the European Court of Human Rights.

The current Estonian delegation to PACE consists of MPs Marianne Mikko, Jaak Madison, Andres Herkel, and Raivo Aeg.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik

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