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Wattle (mimosa) blossom (John)
Wattle (mimosa) blossom (John)

International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015 is a time to celebrate achievements and renew commitments. On this day, 20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted, the Global Greens call for renewed commitment by governments everywhere to its goal of equal participation by women and men in power and decision-making.

In 1995 when the Beijing Platform was negotiated at the Fourth World Conference on Women 10% of parliamentarians were women; today this number remains at a woeful 22%.

If women’s voices are to be heard equally with men, governments must take positive action to promote the rights of women to participate in public life, electoral systems that disadvantage women have to be reformed, and women need to be supported personally and politically to take on public and leadership roles.

The Greens are fortunate to have impressive and capable women active at all levels in our member parties and as elected representatives and leaders in local governments and parliaments around the world.

Nevertheless we can do better.

At the Global Greens Congress in Dakar in 2012, we endorsed the creation of a women’s network to support and empower Green women around the world.

On this International Women’s Day, the Global Greens commit to expanding and strengthening the Global Greens Women’s Network and also to initiating a program to collect baseline data on the gender balance of Green elected representatives around the world for consideration at the 2016/17 Global Greens Congress.

Participation by women in decision-making is necessary for women's interests and perspectives to be taken into account. Equal participation by women and men is essential for democracy.

Wattle (mimosa) blossom (John)

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