Representation of either women or men in any decision-making body in public and political life not falling below 40 % as a parity threshold.
Additional notes and information
Differing definitions exist.
In a strict sense, gender-balanced participation implies equal representation, which is often referred to as the parity of participation of women and men, as recommended by the European Parliament.
(1) European Parliament (2012). Report on Women in Political Decision-Making: Quality and Equality (2011/2295(INI));