Although it is widely acknowledged that the low proportion
of women in parliament affects its representativeness, introducing
and implementing effective measures to redress this imbalance has
proved to be a major challenge.
As key protagonists in pluralist democracies, political parties
have a decisive role to play to enhance women’s political representation:
in addition to ensuring strict compliance with electoral legislation,
including on legislated quotas, and introducing voluntary measures,
they are well placed to promote a change of culture conducive to
gender equality, in politics and in society at large.
On the basis of the positive experience of some of them, the
Parliamentary Assembly should recommend good practices on how to
increase women’s representation in parliament to political parties
in Council of Europe member and observer States, as well as partners