The Geneva Grand Council imposes a quota of 40% of women in state entities

The objective is to aim for parity. Geneva imposes a representation rate of at least 40% of women within the 112 official commissions and the 23 boards of directors of public law institutions. This amendment to the law was adopted on Thursday by the Grand Council.

“The debates in committee are mainly about how to achieve parity in practice,” noted PLR MP Céline Zuber-Roy. In the end, the whole of the relatively complex mechanism is fixed in the law which was accepted by 60 votes against 19 (MCG and UDC).

“Today, we see that in the various boards of directors and official commissions, women are very largely under-represented”, noted the State Councilor Nathalie Fontanet, at the origin of this text. The Board of Directors of the airport has 19 men for 4 women, she noted.

Out of 112 official commissions, 34% of the members are women. And eleven commissions have no women among their members. Between 2008 and 2018, the share of women in these bodies only increased by two small points, from 14% to 16%. “It is therefore necessary to facilitate women’s access to certain positions,” added the PLR ​​magistrate.

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A rate considered insufficient

The change in law imposes a rate of 40% for the under-represented sex. This proportion, which does not correspond to parity, has been criticized by the left. “But currently it’s 40% or nothing,” noted Green Dilara Bayrak. The member hopes that eventually society will evolve and that these quotas will no longer be necessary.

The PLR, generally rather reluctant to quotas, also approved this bill. According to PLR deputy Alexis Barbey, we would have to wait at least a hundred years to reach parity: so in this case, it must be imposed, he noted.

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Pierre Vanek, of Ensemble à Gauche, protested against the rate of 40%: “an absurdity”, according to him. Parity is by definition 50-50, he noted. “We cannot make a fool of ourselves by stating in a law that parity is achieved with a ratio of 40-60.”

Parity is legitimate, but imposing criteria on parties is questionable, noted UDC André Pfeffer who attacked a complex and difficult to apply methodology. The MCG was on the same line, trying in vain to send the project back to committee.

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