Luxembourg takes a big leap in gender parity for election candidates in this year’s legislative elections.
According to the national council for women, CNFL, some 46% of the people standing in year’s elections are women, up from 35% in the last national elections in 2013.
In a press release, CNFL credits the leap to the new law which financially reduces the amount of financial support offered if a party’s candidate lists contain less than 40% of an under-represented sex.
“Almost all parties have presented lists which enable them to benefit from the full financial support,” the CNFL wrote, adding: “The law remains a highly important element in that it has enabled political parties to find female candidates, when our efforts in the past have proved unsuccessful.”
The CNFL applauded the progress and said it is now for the voters who want to see change, to vote in a gender equal manner.