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Video: Women in power – Major inequalities remain across Europe

Member states are still struggling to achieve gender balance in public decision-making, according to a new report from the Council of Europe.

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The report looks at progress made by 46 countries towards the goal set by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 2003 of having at least 40% of both men and women taking part in different aspects of political and public life.

It shows that:

  • Only 2 out of 46 countries studied – Finland and Sweden – reached the 40% minimum target for women’s participation in lower or single houses of parliament in 2016; the average figure across Europe was 25.6%.
  • None of the countries studied met the 40% minimum target for upper houses of parliament; the average percentage of women among appointed members was 35.8% and for elected members 23.9%
  • The average proportion of women heads of state and government, heads of regional governments and mayors across Europe was below 17%
  • On average, the representation of women in High/Supreme Courts was 33%; this compares to 28% in High Councils of the Judiciary and 26% in Constitutional Courts
  • The overall low proportion of women ambassadors (13%) was among the least gender balanced in 2016

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