Saturday 21 January 2017

Gender quotas divisive and discriminatory

Published 22/06/2011 | 05:00

MINISTER for the Environment Phil Hogan has claimed that women and men who oppose gender quotas are part of "a conservative culture". As a woman who opposes gender quotas, I think it is unfair of the minister to pigeonhole those who disagree with him on this issue.

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He should respect the fact that those women and men who oppose gender quotas do want to see more women running for election.

The reason I oppose gender quotas is because I am against the idea of bringing more women into politics through a law that discriminates against candidates on the grounds of their gender. Such a law would be bad for the cause of women and men. It would be divisive, discriminatory and undemocratic.

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