Social Democrat leader says time not yet ripe for quotas for women in politics

Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek said on Monday he was aware of the problem of there being too few women in Czech politics and that he personally, would support quotas for women on his party’s list of candidates for the upcoming general elections. However, the Social Democrat leader said the time was clearly not ripe for such a move. He was referring to the fact that although his party’s statutes say that at least one post in the party leadership should be reserved for a woman, that post has been empty for some time and is likely to remain so. The only candidate for the post Alena Borůvková failed to win enough votes to get elected last autumn.