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Women in regional and local V4 politics

Added: 5 września 2016

Regional and local politics remain more open to women than national politics does, but leadership positions at all levels still elude female politicians. Women’s average proportion in regional and local assemblies does not reach more that 26% in Poland, 24% in the Czech Republic, and 21% in Hungary and Slovakia. However, the V4 average, 23%, is still better than the national average for the 19.4% female representation in the lower parliamentary houses, or the 15.8% representation in both lower and upper houses combined.

“I had both of my kids while serving as representative in the City Assembly of Budapest. And I have to admit, it was really hard to manage, but local politics is more accessible for women than national politics is,” says Kata Tüttő of her personal experience serving as a representative of Hungary’s capital city.

In an interview with the online, aktuálně.cz, Adriana Krnáčová, who became Prague’s first female mayor in 2014, acknowledged that during the first few months of her tenure, some of her male colleagues underestimated her, letting her know they were not convinced a woman was fit for the position.

Polish politician, Wanda Nowicka, elected as a representative of the Masovian region in 1998, shared an interesting story with Euronews about how male politicians perceive their female counterparts: “When a woman talks in a gathering dominated by men, they usually don’t listen to her. They just play with their iPads. For many women it is difficult to face this, because she immediately thinks that she is not worthy – that she doesn’t say important things. Because if she were, they would listen to her,” she said. 

The full article on Women in regional and local V4 politics is available HERE

The article is part of the project “Learning about causes and effects of gender (im)balance in Central Europe” funded by the European Union