Spanish parties to have 40-per-cent female candidates

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday December 22, 2006

Madrid- Spain is introducing a female quota for all
electoral lists, which will force political parties to give at least
40 per cent of their candidacies to women, press reports said Friday.
The quota is also valid for men, who must make up at least 40 per
cent of candidates.

All the parties backed the "equality law" except for the
opposition conservatives, who abstained in Thursday's vote.

The law also establishes other measures promoting equality of the
sexes, such as a 15 days' paternity leave for men and the obligation
for companies employing more than 250 people to propose "equality
plans" to their employees.

The law is still pending approval from the senate.

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