By Kaycie Goral on October 28, 2021
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October 28, 2021
Contact: Kaycie Goral
As of September 2021, no Post-Soviet Parliament has ever achieved Gender Balance, according to the first installment in RepresentWomen’s latest research series.
Takoma Park, MD: Representwomen has released the first installment in their new research series, “Women’s Representation: Global Practices & Systems Strategies.” Through this series, the team at RepresentWomen hopes to spotlight the systems-based strategies used around the world to improve women’s representation. RepresentWomen begins this series with their Post-Soviet States Brief.
The Post-Soviet States Brief: As some of the most newly formed countries in the world, many post-Soviet states are still in the process of developing the rules and systems that will ultimately impact the degree to which women are represented in government. And while each country in this region presents a unique environment for women to run, win, serve and lead, the region as a whole offers a vital case study for how state development impacts gender-based representation.
With data courtesy of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the RepresentWomen team has analyzed and assessed the status of women’s representation in this region.
On the release, RepresentWomen Research Director Courtney Lamendola said, "The Post-Soviet Report will be the first of many case studies in a new research series focused on the status of women's representation around the world. To share the best practices for women's representation in government, we need to learn more about what other countries are doing to reach gender balance. As always, RepresentWomen is interested in learning more about the role of rules and systems in advancing women's representation."
- As of October 2021, no Post-Soviet Parliament has ever achieved Gender Balance
Women make up 26.4% of all post-Soviet lower house legislators
Women make up 21.7% of all post-Soviet Upper house legislators
Belarus leads the region with 40% female representation in their lower house and 25% in their upper.
Russia trails the region with only 15.8% Women in the lower house and 17.1% in their upper house and has a low international ranking of 137th
- For post-soviet states, it is clear that gender quotas with enforcement mechanisms supported women’s representation in parliamentary systems.
Three of the top five countries in the region implemented gender quotas (Moldova, Armenia, and Uzbekistan), while four of the five lagging countries failed to utilize them.
Ukraine was the only exception, but as they lack an enforcement mechanism for the quota, their political parties are not incentivized to use it.
- Countries excelled at promoting female representation in some regions of their political structure, but most continued to fall short in others.
Countries like Georgia had less female representation in parliament, whereas Armenia had more women in their cabinet than most post-Soviet states.
An interesting case study, Estonia has remarkably high levels of female representation in their judiciary but has lower levels of expression in their parliament and cabinet.
On these findings,
Alisha Saxena, RepresentWomen research associate and project lead, said, “20 years ago, the Soviet Union dissolved and created 15 post-Soviet states that engaged in state-building and aspired to achieve political stability and sociocultural harmony. Today, our brief not only observes the progress of some of the newest states in the world but also pinpoints gender equality strategies that the rest of the world could benefit from.”
RepresentWomen, founded in 2018, is a research-based advocacy group that promotes the use of data-driven strategies to identify and eliminate the structural barriers women face in seeking elected office and advance women's representation and leadership in the United States. With our research on women's political representation around the world, we aim to fill knowledge gaps in the gender equality and electoral reform sectors. With our research, we work in concert with our allies to address political barriers women face in politics to ensure that more women can RUN, WIN, SERVE & LEAD.
Visit www.representwomen.org for more information.