Friday, February 22

Harper waking up to his party's gender problem, Equal Voice says

The Harper Conservatives, traditionally neglectful of women and their issues, plans to go a-courting.

Polling data is unequivocal; Harper is paying for this gender skew.

"Canada now has fewer women in Parliament than most of Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East," Equal Voice says.

This puts Canada 47th in an international ranking of women in national parliaments, behind countries like Eritrea, Bulgaria and the United Arab Emirates. (Interestingly, that great bastion of democracy and equality, the U.S., is in 65th place.)

Countries that feature greater gender equality in their politics -- Sweden, Finland, Rwanda -- tend to have specific mandates or targets for the inclusion of women, Equal Voice says. They make a special effort

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