(Quebec) Should there be political parties to present as many women as men in the elections? The question comes up regularly. And each time, the idea of a quota stumbles with resistance, often women themselves. Reason to give up the idea? Instead, argues the author Pascale Navarro, in which parity is the only real way to embody equality in society.
As Canadians go to the polls on October 19, the question of the proportion of women on the benches of parliaments is in the air.
Last week, the Council of Women’s status has issued an opinion in which he asked the Quebec government to force the parties to be between 40% and 60% women among their candidates.
A few days earlier, in mid-September, journalist and author Pascale Navarro published Women and Power: necessary changes, book in which she pleads loudly for parity.
Yes, she says, one may wish that political parties shall have in real rules to achieve a minimum of 40% women candidates. An idea that is neither exceeded nor reductive for women, she argues highlighting a hundred countries in the world have already done. In Québec, only Québec solidaire is required to present as many women as men in the elections.
But criticism always lurks. And it is generally the same: women do not want to be chosen only because they are women.
“A rule does not prevent candidates must still make an effective campaign to win their election,” nuance Pascale Navarro in the segment of his book to debunk the myth that electoral quotas are a form of favoritism. “Women, men, candidates must convince the electorate that they are the best to represent them.”
His short 94-page book is full of such “myths” that feminist author tries to put into perspective, documenting arguments to force a form of “education” and examples elsewhere in the world.
Statistics also including these, revealing: Quebec appears in 44 th and 48 th in Canada for the number of women MPs.
Yet the issues we discuss it, we are voting laws affect the entire population. “In everyday life, women are present. It was a tie in the life of every day, but not where decisions are made, “says Pascale Navarro interviewed the sun.
More than a number on the benches of parliaments or municipal councils, the desired parity is above all diversity, diversity of voices. More women in politics would bring a different perspective on all social, economic, health, natural resources, argues the author. She cites the example of indigenous women, the reality is often ignored or salary issue where inequalities persist.
And the men?
In his well documented book, Pascale Navarro writes, want parity is not anti-men, assures one that insists on the contrary the need for the male sex in the game. Former Liberal Premier Jean Charest is also interviewed in the book, he who in 2006 passed the Act respecting the governance of Crown corporations where the obligation is recorded at par.
Whichever led Quebec from 2003 to 2012, the concern to have more women in politics is constant and, yes, it requires a form of effort. “The problem is that people naively believe that it is set on the eve of elections. This is false: it must be prepared upstream. We must prepare nominations. And if we break, we return to our old habits, “said Mr. Charest.
Maintaining speak for things to change and that the idea makes its way is precisely the intention of Pascale Navarro. And election campaigns are a good time to take this reflection and see it coming, she believes. “The ideal is that the parties are concerned about it, she says. There is a momentum. We must change the rules of the game. ”