The female identity at the results of the European and local administration elections in Greece (26/5 and 2/6/2019)
In the framework of the BPfA Priority Area “Women in Decision-Making”, the leadership of the Directorate for “Planning, Standardization and Policy Monitoring on Gender Equality” at the General Secretariat for Gender Equality uploaded on 1-4-2019 and 14-5-2019 a comprehensive contribution on the gender aspect of the elections in Greece on May 2019:
a)“A new legislation by the Greek Government on substantive gender equality and SGBV (Athens, March 2019)”:
Special emphasis should be given on item 6 (for your convenience, the text is in italics):
The system of quota 40% in favour of women is institutionalized for the lists of candidates in each electoral prefecture at the parliamentary elections. This is a clear measure for women’s empowerment in political decision-making. It is noted that the same increased quota has already been in practice for the elections for Local Authorities (Regions and Municipalities). Furthermore, the absence of quota system in the composition of Councils of the Public Administration arouses legal penalties.
b)“The gender aspect of the Greek candidates at the European Elections 2019”:
On Sunday 26-5-2019 the elections for the 21 seats of Greece at the European Parliament, as well as the first round of the elections for the 13 Regions and the 331 Municipalities of the country took place. The second round of the regional and the municipal elections took place on Sunday 2-6-2019 (the new session of leadership at the Regions and the Municipalities will start on 1-9-2019).
As far as the gender aspect of the results is concerned, here is a clear picture of its gender gap:
1) EP Elections: five female MEPs (percentage 23.8%);
2) Regional Elections: one female Governor of the Region of Ionian Islands (Ms Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou served as Vice-President of the European Parliament in the period 2007-2012);
3) Municipal Elections: sixteen female Mayors out of 128 female candidates for Mayorship.
The results of these elections have also influenced the central political scene of Greece (for sure, not their gender gap); a national parliamentary election (300 seats at the Hellenic Parliament) is scheduled to take place on Sunday 7-7-2019, that is three months earlier than the constitutional regulation.