COLOMBIAN PARLIAMENT’S WOMEN AGENDA
St. Petersburg recently held the Forum of Women Parliamentarians as part of 137th IPU Assembly. EWC journalists interviewed Teresita Garcia, a Colombian senator. She told us about women’s participation in parliament and men’s role in achieving gender equality.
According to her, one of the main universal goals of parliamentarians now is increasing women participation in politics. Under Colombian law, any legislative ballot is supposed to have at least 30% of women candidates. The speaker says that the optimal percentage of women in parliament is 50%. However, Colombian parliament has only 20%.
Teresa Garcia supposes Colombia in its contemporary state does not provide equal opportunities for men and women in terms of employment. Gender pay gap is an issue there. As she said, “An employer is not always interested in hiring a woman, as she may get pregnant and take a maternity leave. Alongside with that, we vibrantly strive for gender equality”. Colombian parliament is now developing laws against domestic violence.
However, that practice alone is not sufficient. Senator is sure that men should also take active part in improving the status of women. According to her, “We can only achieve gender equality in accord with men”.
Viktoria Yezhova, Nikolay Gavrilov, Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov