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Monday, June 18, 2018, 

More women in executive power and more funds for gender issues: debate

More women in executive power and more funds for gender issues: debate

Skopje, 4 March 2016 (MIA) – More funds are needed for gender sensitive issues and women should be engaged more in politics in an effort to implement the UN strategy for gender equality, it was stated Friday at a debate marking the 10th anniversary of the law on equal opportunities for women and men.

Latest amendments to the Electoral Code stipulate that 40% of the candidates on the list of lawmakers and city councils should be women.

Attending a debate of the parliament committee on equal opportunities for women and men, female MPs and representatives of women empowerment NGOs agreed that it was necessary to organize a public hearing in Parliament to reveal how much and how the law had been implemented in the past decade and what needed to be done by the next parliamentary structure.

The number of women in politics since Macedonia declared independence until today is constantly on the rise, concluded MP Daniela Rangelova, chairwoman of the committee on equal opportunities for women and men.

Of 123 MPs, 43 are women, four women are incumbent municipal mayors and 405 women are city councilors. Rangelova, who is also at the helm of the union of women of the ruling party VMRO-DPMNE, said she hoped the quota increase of 40% of women on list of candidates for MPs would increase their number in politics and executive power even more. She urged the number of female mayors to be bolstered.

MP Liljana Popovska, former chairwoman of the committee, said communication and debate was the key toward reaching agreements in politics. “Even though a lot has been done in the past ten years, better education is crucial, especially amongst political stakeholders, as well as more funds for gender issues.”

The first law on equal opportunities for women and men in Macedonia was enacted in 2006, the same year when the parliament committee on gender sensitive issues was set up. ba/15:13

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