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Government Split over Gender Equality

Published fredag 22 januari 2010 kl 19.51
Center Party leader Maud Olofsson, against gender quotas

The Swedish center-right coalition government has revealed a dramatic split over the sensitive question of getting more women into companies' boards of directors.

The ruling conservative Moderate party says it will consider introducing legislation forcing companies to have more women on their boards of directors, if the companies don't manage it by themselves.

But the other three members of the coalition - the Christian Democrats, the Center Party and the Liberals  – say openly that they are against setting any quotas such as neighboring Norway successfully has.

Hoping to win another four years in power, the coalition is eager to show that it supports gender equality, but realizes its strongest bid for victory in the coming elections in September requires that the four parties prove that they can rule together.

Meanwhile, the government failed to set a gender equality standard with its appointed of 5 men and only 2 women to the board of the new Swedish Pensions Agency.

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