This Mother’s Day, we must recognize how politics has excluded mothers and work to create an inclusive politics where mothers’ voices can be heard.
Women comprise just over one-third (36 percent) of the over 6 million elected members in deliberative bodies of local governments globally, according to a new working paper released by U.N. Women last month. Although far from parity, this is the best representation women seem to get across levels of government: As they move towards the subnational and national levels, they begin to be replaced by more and more men, data shows.
In fact, women’s representation at the local level is better than at the national level by almost 10 percentage points.
Georgina De la Fuente, senior advisor at Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE), Mexico’s electoral management authority, shares the range of reforms brought in to ensure equal participation and representation of women in politics.
“Rules do matter. Rules can guarantee that women are able to exercise their rights like anyone else. Rules do make a difference.”