With an aim to boost gender diversity in the political sphere of the country, France’s new president Emmanuel Macron has chosen 11 female ministers for handling different portfolios. His decision to make the cabinet gender-balanced is gaining a lot of appreciation.
According to a report, 11 out of 22 ministers in the cabinet are women. Other major cabinet appointments include Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel as sports minister, Muriel Pénicaud as labour minister, Agnes Buzyn as health minister and Annick Girardin as the overseas territories minister.
France will be conducting its legislative polls in June. Emmanuel Macron represents La La Republique En Marche! party which was formed last year
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Macron’s decision will definitely try to improve the global political scenario wherein only a handful number of women are parliamentarians. As of June 2016, only 23.3 per cent of all national parliamentarians in the world were women, according to Women in National Parliaments. It took more than two decades to record an increase of over 10 per cent.
Sadly, there are about 38 states in the world where women account for less than 10 per cent of parliamentarians in single or lower houses, including 4 chambers with no women at all. At present, Rwanda has the highest number of women parliamentarians, followed by Bolivia.
In India, only 91 out of 787 elected parliamentarians are women. It is time for other countries to follow France’s footsteps and rope in more women in the political arena to make the world function in a more democratic way. We would definitely like to see more women at the helm of affairs, striving to make society a better place to live in for everyone.
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