Claude Biver, a journalist for 100,7 public radio, and Léonie de Jonge, a PhD candidate at Cambridge University, reviewed 98 political debates broadcast by RTL and 100,7 and press roundtables organised by the Luxemburger Wort, Paperjam (Delano’s sister publication) and Forum between 10 September and the day before parliamentary elections on 14 October. They counted a total of 242 media appearances by candidates.
“Women were clearly underrepresented in the Luxembourg media during the election campaign,” Biver and de Jonge wrote in Forum. “Women accounted for only 21%” of party representatives, despite making up 46% of parliamentary candidates. (12 out of 60 MPs in the new parliament are women.)
64 out of 98 programmes were “manels” (all male panels); 34 featured only one woman; and 19 had gender equality, they found.
Among the parties, only déi Lénk had more women represented (8 out of 14 appearances). Déi Gréng managed to field 44% women and the CSV 40%; the rate was 21% for the LSAP and 16% for the DP. The ADR and KPL had one woman each represented in the media, while the Pirate Party had zero.