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Women in South Caucasus Continue to be Underrepresented in Government: Report

First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva meets with former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga in Baku. Aliyeva is the top-ranking female politician in the South Caucasus, where women continue to be underrepresented in positions of power. (photo: president.az)

The countries of the South Caucasus have far fewer women in positions of power than their European counterparts, according to a new report from the Council of Europe.

The report, published by the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission, tracks the progress made by 46 countries towards the goal set by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 2003 of having at least 40 percent of both men and women taking part in different aspects of political and public life.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia fell short in nearly all the measures.
In terms of women elected into lower parliamentary houses in 2016, Georgia scored 12 percent and Armenia, nine percent. Azerbaijan came out in top at about 17 percent, but it still fell short of the European average of 26 percent.

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