INGUNA SUDRABA: “WOMEN IN LATVIA ARE COMPLETELY FREE”
St. Petersburg holds 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly alongside with The Forum of Women Parliamentarians. Delegations from more than 150 countries arrived at the Tauride Palace. Our journalists discussed Latvian women and free people’s right to choose with Latvian delegates Inguna Sudraba and Solvita Aboltina.
According to Inguna Sudraba, there are no limitations for women in Latvia: “Our country’s female representation in politics and high social positions are among the widest”.
Women in Latvia have always worked alongside with men and participated in politics. No law could and cannot discriminate citizens of Latvia on any grounds including gender.
However, our interlocutresses say that Latvia still has some issues concerning gender equality. Pay gap is still a thing there.
Solvita Aboltina recalls, that during the 90-es, when she was studying in the USA, some people asked her about rights of women there. Every time she was surprised at it, as there were no such problems. She worked and lived in developed countries, while in many countries women just started the fight for their rights. International meetings with delegates, who seek ways of accomplishing gender equality, confirm that fact. The topic is so vital, that more and more often the point of politics quotas is raised.
Solvita Aboltina is for increasing female representation in politics, but not with quotas. According to her, in that case the quality of politics itself would lose in quality. Solvita thinks, that “The role of women is not only in discussing the global issues regardless of how developed your country is. It is important to understand that woman is a mother”. Inguna Sudraba adds, “Women should have the right for education. An educated person is truly a free one”.
Interview – Nikolay Gavrilov and Viktoria Yezhova
Article by Agata Korovina
Translated by Nikolay Boykov