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More diversity and equality on the political stage

“Women, persons with an immigration background, national minorities, young people, LGBTI people and persons with disabilities are not sufficiently represented in politics at local, regional, national and European levels, which perpetuates the idea that politics is reserved for a group, composed mostly of over-fifty, white, heterosexual men,” said the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination today.

In adopting a report by Killion Munyama (Poland, EPP/CD), the committee proposed a set of measures calling for legislative changes or the introduction of specific policies, in order to promote greater representativeness of the political system.

“Improving the participation of people from a diverse background in elected institutions will strengthen their democratic character, enhance the legitimacy of their decision-making and increase people’s trust in the political system,” parliamentarians said.

The committee called on national parliaments to ensure greater openness, transparency and inclusiveness in their work, while taking internal measures to combat hate speech. It also invited political parties to promote diversity and equality in their internal functioning.