Cape Verde has 7 Times More Women in their Parliament

Even though Cape Verde now has more women in their parliament, they are still far away from the UN's goals

June 03rd, 2016

In the last 25 years, women's representation grew sevenfold in the parliament of Cape Verde. But this increase in female participation is still far from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Last Monday, May 30th, a conference was held on the political participation of women in Cape Verde. It was promoted by the Cape Verdean Institute for Equality and Gender Equity (CVIEGE). To open the conference, the President of the National Assembly, Jorge Santos, made a speech explaining this dissimilarity.

According to Santos “The evolution of female participation in the Cape Verdean parliament has been positive, although slow, as we can see from the rising number of female politicians in parliament: 1991 (3.8%); 1995 (12.5%); 2001 (11.1%); 2006 (15.3%); 2011 (20.8%); and now, in 2016, it stands at 23.6%). He added that although “Cape Verde is in the 71st rating concerning female representation in parliament, it is still falling far short of targets set by the MDGs.”

During his speech, Santos highlighted the fact that the equality and gender equity issue in Cape Verde should be addressed through the adoption of a “new attitude” to the issue, and while efforts are being made to improve the situation more concrete actions need to be taken. Jorge Santos made it clear that the country will continue to aim for fairness and equality. He went on to note that, “In addition to the actual increase in female participation in several local and central political institutions, it is essential to assure female presence in the decision-making process in state and administrative institutions.”

Furthermore, Jorge Santos affirmed that he doesn't agree with the quota system, as he believes women can stand out for themselves on their own merit; although he also added that he believes that there can be legislative and public inclusive policies to mitigate the inequalities, and contribute to a greater participation of women in politics.

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Nela Pejkovic, CD News