Our post election update http://www.democracy5050.com/new-blog/2016/7/4/modest-gains-for-women-in-election
Two days before the election, the Guardian wrote about the prospects of women candidates in the federal election:
Record numbers of women are standing for seats in the lower house, but it is likely that Saturday’s results will see little change overall in the number of women in parliament. We are in an environment where inequality is increasingly cited as a root cause of political shocks such as Brexit and the Republican nomination of Trump. These rumblings underline the imperative for governments to address inequality within their own ranks.
However, with two days remaining until the election, it’s clear that Australian women have been sidelined yet again.
The UN states the minimum level necessary for women to influence parliamentary decision-making is 30%. Going into this election, the proportion of women in Australian parliament teeters around that minimum, which is a marked deficit to the 50% proportion of women in the population.
Internationally, Australia has continued to slide down the rankings of women’s parliamentary representation and sits in 56th place, a drop of 35 places since 2001. While it may not be surprising to rank below the historically egalitarian Nordic bloc, it is confronting that women are now better represented in the governments of Burundi, Bolivia and Afghanistan. Despite being a country that was one of the first to enfranchise women, our political leaders have fallen into a torpor, reflected in the invisibility of women’s rights during this campaign.