Paris Parity


Europe, Why Women Count

frenchparliamentFormer Socialist MP Françoise Gaspard and her colleagues campaigned for gender parity in the 1970s – in a radical attempt to ensure equal numbers of male and female candidates at French elections. The ‘parity’ principal was finally written in to the French Constitution in 1999, and a new law passed obliging political parties to include 50/50 male and female representation on candidate lists – or face being penalised. In spite of this, the French parliament still has only 71 female MPs to 506 male MPs, and political parties choose to pay million Euro fines rather than comply with the law and put forward equal numbers of women candidates for election.

Production: Gender Company (French only)

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Paris Parity
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