Geneva to enforce gender equality in government
Geneva is looking to legally enforce gender equality in all government agencies.
The new bill will force all government bodies to put forward a male and female candidate for each open position.
Despite a policy to improve gender equality, many feel it’s not working sufficiently. In the last 10 years the number of women in senior positions has risen only by 2 percentage points from 14 to 16%.
But the proposed law will allow for some exemptions if no suitable female candidate can be found. The bill’s sponsor, state councilor Nathalie Fontanet, uses the example of the commission in charge of chimney sweeps – no woman does the job.