Representation of women

So millions of soldiers returning from World War I would still not have been entitled to vote in the long overdue general election. The last election had been in December An election had been scheduled forbut was postponed to a time after the war.

Representation of women

There has been much discussion in the media about the impacts of the reforms on political parties, such as introducing a hybrid system of Proportional Representation and First-Past-the-Postabolishing preferential voting, and adding 30 additional seats to Parliament.

So, will political leaders seize this moment? Or will they continue down a road that sees half Representation of women population on the fringes of the political sphere? While there are pros and cons to each of these suggestions, they can ultimately serve as springboards to move Sri Lanka closer to achieving some level of gender parity in politics.

Representation of women

The recommendations are as follows: With 31 seats to be elected at the district level through Proportional Representation, districts may only be able to appoint one or two candidates.

Thus, it should be mandatory for women to be included as the first candidate on this list. The remaining seats will come from the National List, which has a maximum number of It is recommended that every 2nd appointment from the National List be given to a woman.

For multi-member electorates, it is recommended that at least one woman be nominated to contest. Advocacy groups favour closed nomination lists, arguing that they give women a greater chance of being elected, when they otherwise might not be due to voter prejudice against female politicians.

One argument against this stems from the belief that affirmative action leads to a decrease in quality, since it is assumed that women do not have adequate experience to serve in office.


Another issue raised, is to what extent quotas can actually bring about substantive equality. Reserving electoral seats or spaces on nomination lists does not guarantee that women will be elected, nor does it mean that women will be more likely to run.

Representation of women

How can they ensure that women who are elected are able to achieve actual influence in a male-dominated sphere? Why are women under-represented? Some contend that if women remain outside politics or the public sphere in generalthey do so at their own discretion.

The implication here is that women lack the capacity to be decision-makers because, in contrast to men, their skills do not lend themselves to life in the public sphere. Even when women are elected, the pressure to perform increases ten-fold because they must prove themselves with the cards already stacked against them.

We must consider these barriers when we talk about quality or choice. The argument that quotas undermine quality assumes that male leaders are necessarily elected on the basis of merit. Furthermore, it ignores how male domination in the public sphere shapes the skills associated with quality leadership and the very organization of politics, which is not accommodating of women who are attempting to balance multiple roles.

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Sethunya, so descriptive representation refers to (in this case) the numbers of women in parliament and the kinds of women. So Botswana has not come very far at all in terms of ‘achieving’ descriptive representation given its very low number of women MPs.

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