Lawmaker seeks law to order gender parity in politics

Lawmaker Epsy Campbell Barr has proposed a bill that would require appointing as many women to ministry positions as men.

The bill is characterized as guaranteeing parity between the sexes.

The burden would be on the president to select
equal numbers of male and female ministers and vice ministers, according to a summary.

The requirement would extend to the boards of directors of government institutions and what are called decentralized institutions.

“Many women in Costa Rica have demonstrated that they possess the preparation and capacity to assume the challenges at the highest level,” Ms. Campbell was quoted as saying in the summary.

She urged the country to continue being a leader in this area.

International studies show that women worldwide have less interest in politics than men, but researchers suggest that is because women are less likely to have a political role.

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