Harcèlement sexuel : "L'impunité, c'est fini"

From France a report of female politicians taking aim at sexism in politics.

French women in government have had enough. They're tired of sexual harassment, whether from their colleagues at work or from strangers on the metro.
They're infuriated by the seemingly endless parade of male colleagues accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, from politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in 2011 (settled out of court) to the recent resignation of thedeputy speaker of parliament after women accused him of groping them.
In a blistering manifesto published Sunday, 17 female politicians, including Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said they're not going to take it anymore.

The article has a link to the statement reported in French.




Nordic countries slip but still lead Europe on gender balance

From the Globalist - 'Women: The world's largest constituency'

1.      Sweden ranks fourth worldwide, and first in Europe with 43.6% female representation

2.      Iceland (41.3%), Finland (41.5%), Norway (39.6%) and Denmark (37.4%) follow.

3.      In each of these Nordic countries women have a lower share of parliamentary seats than five years ago.

4.      Among the larger countries in Europe, Germany ranks 26th with women making up 36.5% of its parliamentary lower house.

5.      The United Kingdom ranks 48th (29.4%), Poland ranks 51st (27.4%), France ranks 58th (26.2%) and Russia ranks 131st (13.6%).

6.      Among all non-Nordic European member countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the average share of women in the lower house of parliament is 24.1%.