Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos says it is important to give women the opportunity to have a more active presence in politics.
“I’d advocate the idea of having some minimum levels of representation, yet I’d see them as temporary. (…) I believe it is important to create the opportunity for women to be present and not impose it as mandatory,” Ciolos said on Tuesday in a debate on gender representation in politics, debate organized by the National Liberal Party (PNL) at the Palace of Parliament, Agerpres informs.
He underlined that women represent approximately half of the country’s population, a proportion that should be reflected in the structures of political representation.
“When it comes to politics, it’s about the political struggle, about the political confrontation, as a process resulting in political decisions. I personally dare believe and say that this feminine nature of confrontation and fight is something that evolves and, therefore, I believe that the women’s presence in this political confrontation process would probably give further consistency and a different perception of what the meaning of debate and political decision-making is, and I believe it would be good to have in Romanian politics this feminine side of the political confrontation, which – at least the way I understand it – is constructive and progressive,” the Prime Minister went on to say.
He mentioned that politics would stand to gain from the active presence of women.
“Should women in politics manage to bring about and consolidate this feminine side of humanity by resisting emasculation (…) the Romanian politics would only stand to gain and perhaps the entire society would stand to gain in its regenerating capacity which we badly need to assimilate the idea that evolution and change are not only the outcome of fighting and confrontation, but also the result of solidarity and this is what I believe Romanian society needs. (…)Women’s more active presence in this process would be good, particularly in the current period,” Ciolos concluded.
Alina Gorghiu: Imposing gender quotas would aid political class’ renewal process
PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu, who militates for the imposition of a gender quota when it comes to candidacies, stated that women who want to engage in politics have been discriminated over the last 25 years.
In a speech given at the debate, Gorghiu gave a message to her colleagues.
“Be honest and admit that over the last 25 years, women in Romania have not had a real say in politics. This was a form of covert discrimination, of uncorrected inequality,” the Liberal said.
Gorghiu believes that few women have made their way onto the political parties’ list of candidates. According to some draft laws supported by PNL, at least 30 per cent of the lists of candidates should consist of women candidates.
“I admit that there may be men who think there will be fewer seats available to them in politics, in leadership positions; and I admit there may even be men who, for one reason or another, do not think there should be a gender quota in Romania,” Gorghiu added, pointing out that political representation quotas are set by law in 88 states.
The Liberal claims that the imposition of gender quotas would also aid the political class’ renewal process.