JEAN MILLIGAN: THE WORLD PARLIAMENT
Saint Petersburg holds the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly and the Forum of Women Parliamentarians. Delegation from over 150 countries visited the Tauride Palace to take part in these events. Journalists from the EWC news agency interviewed Jean Milligan, press-secretary working at the IPU communications division. This conversation was about the Swiss parliament, women in politics and the Forum of Women parliamentarians. According to Jean Milligan, women in Switzerland play a crucial role, although their rights were put into practice not that long ago. For example, Swiss women received the right to vote only in 1970s. However, after that country had 3 women presidents. One of them was a representative of the LGBT community.
Many political parties in Switzerland have women in their upper management. Their representation in the Swiss parliament is fairly high, it is 32%. Jean Milligan says the Swiss are very proud of this fact. However, the global reports say that participation of women in politics is now in stagnation. According to Jean Milligan, the current Forum of Women Parliamentarians is to develop the strategies that will help women be more active in the political arena.
Jean Milligan thinks that the ideal parliament is the one that comprises equal number of women and men. Many progressive countries are now striving for this. But which way will be best? How to conduct this policy as smoothly as possible? International meetings deal with those questions. The Forum of Women Parliamentarians became the world parliament for several days. Working as a team, its participants make laws and then put them into practice in their countries. Another advantage of such meetings is overseeing the implementation of such programs in the member countries.
Nikolay Gavrilov, Viktoria Yezhova, Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov