Post by Daphnée Leportois on 50/50 Campaign event in Brussels on 13 March: “Où sont les femmes en politique ?”

Daphnée Leportois has made the following post on the 50/50 Campaign event that took place on 13 March in Brussels, Belgium:

Conférence – “Elections européennes et régionales : où sont les femmes ?”

Vendredi 13 mars a eu lieu au Résidence Palace une conférence suivie d’un débat sur le thème de la parité en politique.

Organisée par le Mouvement Européen-Belgique, le Conseil des Femmes Francophones de Belgique (CFFB), le Nederlandstalige Vrouwenraad et la Représentation de la Commission européenne en Belgique, le but de cet évènement est de « sensibiliser à l’importance du scrutin européen et surtout à l’importance des femmes dans ce scrutin » selon les termes de Magdeleine Willame-Boonen, présidente du CFFB. En effet, Mme Willame a voulu dire « à quel point le débat de la parité homme-femme est un débat important » et ce, malgré sa réticence originelle aux quotas, mesure qu’elle trouvait « injurieu[se] » au début de sa carrière politique, mais qu’elle a fini par considérer comme un premier pas pour atteindre cette parité.”

To read the whole post in French, please click here.


Article on the 2009 elections: “Poll backs more women in politics but not quotas: Tell us your views”

An article published today 11 March 2009 at the European Parliament’s news headlines discusses a “Europe-wide poll that shows over two thirds of those asked believe politics is male dominated. However, only one in ten thought quotas a good idea.” To read the whole article click here and for more information on how to participate in the discussion go here.

European Commission’s Debate Forum on Women and Politics running between 5 March until 25 March

On the occasion of the International Women’s day 2009 and linked to the incoming European elections, Vice-President of the European Commission Margot Wallström has launched a debate about “Women and Politics” on the Commission’s web forum “Debate Europe”.

This debate will run from 5 March until 25 March.

Joining the forum will permit you to debate on-line about issues like:
– Is there a difference of style between men and women in political decision-making?
– Are women under-represented in European and national politics?
– How can gender equality be improved at the European, national, regional and local level? How do you see the situation in your country?
– How we can encourage more people to vote?

Instructions on how to join the forum:
1. Go to the “Debate Europe” website
2. Click on the “join the forum” on the left-hand side
3. Register at the top right of the page
4. Fill out the registration form
5 You will receive an e-mail confirmation, click on the link in the mail to activate your account
6. In the registration form you determined your own login and password
7. You can now participate in the debate
For any practical help you can mail to COMM-Web: COMM-WEB[at]

Eurobarometer on women and EP elections: politics still a male dominated world

“Most women want the next European Parliament to guarantee equal pay for equal work, promote day care facilities for children, include child-minding years as pensionable years and combat violence towards women, according to a Eurobarometer Flash survey presented in the EP on Wednesday on opinions and expectations of European elections. The poll shows significant variations among countries, but a common view is that European politics is a male-dominated world”
For the whole Eurobarometer press release on women and elections, please visit here.