Little progress was made in having 50 percent of women in the EP
The European Union has released an interactive map to track the percent of women elected to the European Parliament, as well the percent of re-elected MEPs.
“In terms of gender balance … the new European Parliament is comparable to the old one. The percentage of women increased from 35.05 percent in 2009 to 36.88 percent in 2014,” the EU said in a press release. The average was 36.62 percent.
The European Union has a long-term goal of 50 percent representation by women, or gender equality, by the year 2050.
Advocates of gender equality say that women bring a different style of leadership, often stressing finding compromise solutions instead of winner-take-all confrontations. Women also tend to be concerned over a different array of issues that a predominantly male governing body tends to overlook.
The Czech Republic has 23.81 percent female representation, up from 18.18 percent in 2009. Some 26.85 percent of the Czech candidates were women, which is a lower number than in the 2009 EP election, when it was over 28 percent.
For the Czech Republic, only the Green party and the Liberal Environmental Party (LES) had 50 percent women on their ballots.
Neighboring Slovakia has a higher proportion of women, with 30.77 percent, but that is a drop from 38.46 percent in 2009.
For all of the EU, Malta has highest percentage of women, with 66.67 percent. Malta has only six MEPs, and four are women. Lithuania came in lowest with 9.09 percent.
The interactive map also tracks how many MEPs get re-elected. Some 69.79 percent of German MEPs got re-elected, but no candidate from Greece did. The proportion of re-elected MEPs slightly went down from 49.59 percent in 2009 to 49.4 percent in 2014.
“The oldest MEP in this legislative period is Emmanouil Glezos, a Greek member of the GUE/NGL group, who is 92 years old. Meanwhile, 26-year-old Anders Primdahl Vistisen, a Danish member of the ECR group, is the youngest one.” The EU press release said.
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