Armenian politician calls for more women representation in the leadership of political parties
20 October 2019

The Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament, Lena Nazaryan has called for more women representation in the leadership of political parties. This she said could be done either by imposing a 30% quota, or by other safeguards in the charter of the respective parties.

Nazaryan said that political parties could not truly defend democracy unless they were themselves democratic.

"Women must serve in decision-making positions because they make up half of the population. Anything else is unfair. For the issues raised by women to be resolved, women's representation must reach a critical level. If not, these actions will be merely for show," Lena Nazaryan said.

She was speaking at hearings held in the parliament  on October 18 on "Constitutional Law on Parties, Existing Issues and the Framework for Amendments". MPs, politicians, representatives of NGOs and international organizations, as well as stakeholders participated in the hearings held on the initiative of Parliament Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan.

source: with agencies

photo: Participants at hearings in the Armenian parliament on the law on political parties held on 18 October 2019 (picture courtesy of the press service of the parliament of Armenia)