Women benefit politics, Luxembourg voters agree

Would you cast your ballot for a female Prime Minister?
Would you cast your ballot for a female Prime Minister?
Photo: Serge Waldbillig

(CS) A study by the “Conseil National des Femmes du Luxembourg” (CNFL) has found that most people agree that women in politics are beneficial to decision-making processes, but that a majority is against introducing quota regulations.

On the whole, respondents demanded the same qualities from politicians, whether they are male or female. Key qualities listed were a sense of responsibility, intelligence, perseverance, courage, transparency and leadership. Also listed were competitiveness, politeness, compassion and generosity.

However, demands placed on female politicians were consistently higher than those placed on their male counterparts.

For example, while 489 out of 500 respondents said that a sense of responsibility is important for women, only 478 said the same about men. For intelligence, this number was 486 compared to 474, and for perseverance 490 compared to 480.

Female respondents also judged the benefits that women would bring to politics higher than male respondents, although on the whole all respondents agreed that women would add a more social outlook, better conflict resolution, new ethics and a better culture of dialogue to the world of politics. Other benefits listed were more equal decision-making, more reflected approaches, conscientious analysis and more transparency.

While all respondents agreed that women can hold ministerial posts, there were big differences among the ministries mentioned. Even though 75 percent agreed that a woman could be Minister of Family and Integration, only 50 percent thought so for the post of Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, less than for the office of Prime Minister (56 percent).

However, respondents were against quotas, sanctions or financial incentives to get more women into politics, but instead spoke out in favour of promoting political careers at school and university level, and offering better support for women in their careers.

Around a third also suggested that gender should be less important and that skills should count when it comes to promoting women in politics.

The study surveyed a representative group of voters of 500 Luxembourg nationals aged 18 or over.

For the full study in French visit statec.lu