Government refuses support for quota of women election candidates


The government has failed to back a plan put forward by Minister for Human Rights Jiří Dienstbier which would have meant a mandatory quota of 40 percent of women as candidates for elections. The main opposition to the quota reportedly came from the ANO party and Christian Democrats. The provision formed part of an action plan for equality between men and woman who was passed by the Cabinet without the quota. Women currently occupy around 20 percent of seats in parliament and around 27 percent of seats on local and town councils. The action plan aims to increase the number of women in top positions in state and state controlled companies and education and research.