July 30, 2012

South Korea's Budding Femocracy

Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

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The main reason for the increase in the number of women MPs was the introduction of a quota system, according to which South Korea’s political parties should ensure that 30% of their candidates are women. The campaign-finance law was revised to provide additional government funding to parties that meet the quota, and to reduce the amount for parties that do not. As a result, more than half of the 56 members elected through proportional representation in 2004 were women. Moreover, 10% of government funding to political parties is now used for the advancement of women in politics, with each party establishing institutions for training women MPs and candidates.

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TAGGED: Ahn Cheol-soo, Park Geun-hye, South Korea

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