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Thirty female members of parliament in new Croatian Parliament

Written by  Oct 24, 2016

The number of women members in the ninth Croatian Parliament (Hrvatski Sabor) rose from nineteen on the day of the new parliament's inauguration, the 14th of October, to thirty a week later after some male members opted for other duties and posts and were replaced by their female colleagues.

On the other hand, the number of women elected at the parliamentary election in November 2015 was only 15.2 percent, the fewest in the past 15 years. Thus earlier this summer the Government Office for Gender Equality called on political parties in Croatia to abide by the law and include at least 40 percent of women on their lists for the parliamentary elections, noting that Croatia ranked as the 92nd out of 193 countries in the world by percentage of women in its national parliament.

After the latest elections the ratio of male to female MPs in the Croatian Parliament is now 121 to 30, which means that the share of women is 25 percent i.e. within the average of unicameral parliaments in Europe.

According to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union women's participation in parliaments in unicameral assemblies or in lower houses worldwide is 22.9%, and Europe's average for unicameral assemblies is 25.8%. Nordic countries have the highest number of women among their MPs, around 41 percent.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

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