Saturday, March 03, 2007

Women 2 Win Should Look to Rwanda

Kiwiblog reports on an IPU paper showing the number of women MPs in different countries and regions HERE. Rwanda has the highest proportion of women MPs 39/80. Nine countries have no women as legislators. The bottom ranked European country is Ukraine at 9%, then Russia 10%, Romania 11%, and France 12%. Britain is joint 52nd with 19.7%. The full table is HERE.

9 comments:

verity said...

Iain, you are way over-concerned about sexuality. As long as the representatives serve the people, I don't care if they are gorillas. I mean, why force a change?

Newmania said...

This was in the national Press a few days ago coincidentally . I have all the information in my "Woamen and their Bitching " file

Newmania said...

Incidentally we have a had quite an interesting discussion between Justin Hinchliffe and moi with input from Ellee and Dark Side of Bridget Jones amongst others.

The suggestion is that that women to win are a nasty collection of more or less social net workers who are all from privileged backgrounds and there is actually no barrier to overcome. All they achieve is to pukll up the class drawbridge even higher.

Never trust women , that’s my motto

Steven Whaley said...

The most striking factlet that I take from that table is not any gender balance in any particular parliament but that, aside from China and The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, the UK has more MPs than any other country in the world.

We do, as a people, seem to be somewhat over represented don't we?

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Not even Mrs. N?

verity said...

Iain - Rwanda probably has a much higher percentage of black MPs as well. SO WHAAAAAAAAAAAT????

Chris Paul said...

UK would be in the top 20 and closing on the top 10 if other parties matched Labour. The Tories and Lib Dems are spectacularly culpable.

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

Chris Paul,

Isn't it a shame when democracy gets in the way of achieving your quota dream?

Letting people elect their MP is such a terrible business, isn't it?

Maths isn't quite your strong-point, is it?

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