Study on good practices women in power and decision-making : advancing women in political decision-making — way forward.
In political decision-making, the under-representation of women remains persistent. Over the past decade, the overall proportion of women in the national parliaments of the EU Member States has only increased by a moderate 6 %, reaching 28 % in 2014. This percentage rate therefore still falls short of reaching the so–called 'critical mass' of one third, which is often associated with being necessary to affect policy and make a change. Thus, further promotion of more gender-equal democratic politics is on the agenda and this task proves to be challenging. To tackle the challenge, some countries have developed innovative approaches and their practices vividly illustrate how to effectively advance the place of women in politics.