Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Liliane Maury Pasquier today warmly welcomed the fact that “the proportion of women in many national delegations of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly is higher than in national parliaments”.
According to PACE’s latest gender breakdown in its report of the Assembly’s activities, women in PACE account for 34% of its members whereas they represent only 25,92% in national parliaments (statistics of the Interparliamentary Union).
“This illustrates the positive effect of our Rules of Procedure who lay down that national delegations should include members of the under-represented sex at least in the same percentage as in their national parliaments”, she stressed.
“We are on the right track, but there is still a way to go towards ensuring a 50/50 representation,” the President said in her opening speech at the PACE winter session pointing out that the total number of women in PACE has nevertheless slightly declined, shifting from 39% in 2016 to 37% in 2017 and 34% in 2018.
“We should do more to foster gender equality: we must ensure full gender balance in the appointment of rapporteurs, Committee chairpersons and vice-chairpersons as well as all Assembly officials. Here, too, statistics show that there is room for improvement,” she continued.
“As the champion of pluralism and non-discrimination, the Council of Europe must continue to promote gender equality with utmost resolve,” she concluded.