No modern European Democracy without gender equality
The 50/50 Coalition is a cross-party MEP coalition at the European Parliament, with the background support of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) which aims to promote the equal inclusion of women at the highest levels of European politics in view of the next 2014 European Elections.
The Members of the Core Group are Zita Gurmai (S&D) Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP), Franziska Brantner (Greens), Anneli Jaatteenmaki (ALDE) and Kartika Liotard (GUE).
At the end of the last legislative term of the European Parliament, a similar initiative was already launched. The idea this time is to be quicker, more effective, and to extend to a larger scale. The first step is to start with MEP's and Commissioners, but in a second time we would like to collaborate with Members of the Parliament and associations at national level.
We wanted this to be a cross-party network and coalition, because gender equality goes beyond our political families.
This is a matter of democracy, equality and justice, but also a question of efficiency, as it is needless to say that women bring a strong added value to the society and our European institutions.
Why is there a need for a cross-party coalition for gender balance in all European institutions ahead of the EU 2014 elections?
Women represent more than half of the population of the EU but they are under-represented in the decision-making at all European levels. This current and lingering under-representation is a serious obstacle to the democratic legitimacy of the European Union.
A modern and genuine democracy requires gender equality; the equal representation of women and men in the making of decisions that affect their lives. We believe that gender equality is a condition for modernising our political systems, so that women and men in their diversity equally share rights, responsibilities, and power.
Gender equality should be at the heart of European initiatives to engage citizens in decision-making, to increase the legitimacy of the European Union, and to progress towards policies that reflect the needs and aspirations of all Europeans.
The 50/50 Coalition aims at supporting gender equality in decision-making process, which is one of the main objectives in the European Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015 as well as in The European Pact for Gender Equality (2011-2020).
What do we want to achieve?
We are convinced it is high time for concrete actions ahead of the European elections in 2014.
We call for all decision-makers, individuals and organisations interested in the promotion of democracy and justice to support this Campaign at all levels and across the boundaries of countries and political parties.
- Each Member State should nominate one female and one male candidate for the Commissioner's post as well as for all top jobs/positions in the EU institutions
- Member States and the European Council to promote and ensure gender parity in the executive board and in top positions of the European Central Bank
- The European Parliament political groups are called upon to nominate one female and one male candidate for the president elections of the EP, and to ensure gender parity in the nomination of chairpersons within the committees, as well as in the composition of their Bureau.
- The European political parties are called upon to promote and ensure gender representation in their bureau/decisional bodies and promote women candidates for decision-making positions in the European Parliament
- In view of the European elections 2014, national political parties are called upon to compose their electoral lists in a way that will ensure gender parity in outcome
- The European Council has to put women in policy decision-making/parity as a high level issue on the agenda.
Source of images: EWL