Female commissioners call for gender equality in new Commission

The Education Commissioner urged President Jean-Claude Juncker to appoint at least 10 women in his future new team. Currently, 9 out of 28 commissioners are women.

“We are now in the course of drafting a letter to be signed by all female commissioners addressed to the President Jean-Claude Juncker asking him to appoint at least 10 women in the next Commission I think this will be great for the new Commission.” said EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou.

In an attempt to persuade national governments, Juncker promised to reward countries who appoint female candidates with a big portfolio or vice-presidency.

“The female Commissioners are very worried that the next Commission may not have sufficient number of women.” Vassiliou added.

President-Juncker will start discussions with governments on future commissioners and the distribution of portfolios.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Frederica Mogherini will replace Catherine Ashton as the EU’s head of foreign affairs while Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will be the new president of the European Council.

Cork Event City Hall Friday 25th April 2014

Calling all women candidates for the Local City, County and European elections. Cork 5050 group is hosting a ‘meet the women candidates’ breakfast event in the City Hall on Friday 25th April 2014 at 9am. We are delighted that the Lord Mayor Councillor Catherine Clancy has made the Chamber available to the group.

In Ireland women are half the population but 5 out of 6 of our politicians are men. This is unfair and needs to be addressed. Political parties are endeavoring to field more women candidates. This is in order that they comply with the candidate selection gender quotas  legislation which will apply at the next general election.

Some of the women candidates are running for the first time and are looking for your support. Cork 5050 is asking the electorate to consider voting for them.

All political parties are invited and we hope to have as many women candidates present. Support from the leadership would be appreciated.

Adrian Kavanagh’s blog from NUI Maynooth has a very up to date list of women candidates in all areas and can be accessed here.