Tirana, 3 September 2015 – Having completed the process of mandating new mayors of 61 municipalities in the country, 2015 local elections’ results show that 9 municipalities nationwide or 14.7% were won and will be directed by women and girls as mayors.
These elections, except voting for the first time under the new territorial reform, made possible the increased participation and representation of women in local decision making. If we compare the figures with the local elections of 2011, where women as mayors constituted only 1.31% of the total, the last 2015 local elections brought a significant increase number in the participation of women as candidates in the elections and as mayors of municipalities.
Data analysis conducted by the Coalition for Women and Youth in Politics shows the following:
Local Elections 2011
- From 872 candidates, 15 were women and girls, or about 1.72%.
- From 384 mayors, only 5 were women and girls, or 1.31%.
Local Elections 2015
- From the total of 157 candidates for mayors, 16 were women and girls, or about 10.1%. 9 women represented SP, 3 SMI, 3 DP and 1 independent.
- From 41 candidates of SP, 9 were women and girls or about 21.95%.
- From 16 candidates in total of SMI, 3 were women and girls or about 18.75%.
- From 60 candidates in total of DP, 3 were women and girls, or 5%.
- From 40 independent candidates or smaller parties as PDIU, PSD, PBDNJ MEGA, AP, etc., only 1 of them was a woman / girl or 2.5%.
- From 61 winner mayors, 9 are women and girls, or 14.7%. 1 of them represents DP, 6 SP and 2 SMI.
But, despite the results of the last local elections that brought an increased number of women and girls’ represented as mayors, still we are far away the desired standards for the real gender equality.
Albanian Coalition for Women and Youth in Politics believes that only the setting up of 50% gender quota on the candidates lists for mayors and the legal sanction to refuse the lists of parties that don’t meet the criteria by CEC, as amended on the Electoral Code for the councillors’ lists, would allow the real increase of women and girls’ participation and representation on the leading positions in local decision-making.
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