12.11.14 17:52

There Are More Women in New Ukrainian Parliament Than Ever Before

The Verkhovna Rada of the 8th convocation has the largest number of women deputies in the history of independent Ukraine.

All-Ukrainian civic organization "Committee of Voters of Ukraine" made such conclusions having analyzed the results of election campaigns, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainska Pravda.

47 women were elected to the parliament this year. It is 11.1% of the total composition of the Verkhovna Rada.

For comparison, there were 9.9% of women (44 females) in the Verkhovna Rada of the previous convocation, and only 2.3% (11 females) in the first one.

Gender wise, the Ukrainian parliament became more balanced. However, it is still far from the world's practice where the average number of women in parliaments is 22%, while in Europe it is 25%.

One can univocally assert that the majoritarian constituent of the electoral system, with its fierce competition which sometimes develops into variety of abuses and violations of the law, is not conducive to the election of women to the parliament. Only two women received a mandate in the majority districts out of 47 elected to the parliament. Both of them were elected in the Lviv region.

Although the gender representation in the parliament of the 8th convocation became more balanced compared to the previous ones, Ukraine should ensure women's representation in the legislature at the level of at least 15% of the composition of the deputies, according to the UN Millennium Goals.

Taking this fact into consideration, the Parliament should take additional measures to achieve this minimum figure for the upcoming elections, according to the Committee.

"Such measures may include, for example, the introduction of gender quotas on the proportional component of the electoral system, encouraging the nomination of women in single-mandate constituencies within the state funding of political parties. The major parliamentary parties emphasize the need to implement such constituencies," the message sums up.

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