The EU lacks women to occupy strategic positions: we disagree

16.11.2009 | In: News, News

A matter of hours before the launch of this website a story appeared on the website of the Le Monde entitled “L’Union européenne manque de femmes pour occuper les fonctions stratégiques“. We would like to disagree! As our research has shown there are plenty of very viable female candidates for the top jobs in the European Commission. Even beyond that – for President of the European Council and High Representative – there are female options. Journalists need to open their eyes too!

7 Responses to The EU lacks women to occupy strategic positions: we disagree

Ulrike Lunacek

November 17th, 2009 at 13:15

We need a gender balanced commission! Otherwise there is the risk that the European Parliament is not accepting Barrosos new commission. He should have learnt from the Buttiglione issue last time.


November 17th, 2009 at 16:12

We need a gender balanced commission??? Well, I believe we need a commission with the most competent people, whether they are men or women… This initiative is really hurting women. The best way to achieve balance is by not making differences between genders, as you are doing by complaining about not having enough women. This is sad…

Any woman would like to achieve great success in her professional life, not for just being a women, but for being the best person in her role.


November 17th, 2009 at 17:37

In Spain we have had enough of women-ministers whose only merit is to be just it: women (probably with the exception of vice-prime minister Teresa Fernández de la Vega, a very capable and hard working lady, even if I totally disagree with her political line). We need honest and clever politicians, independently of their sex. If your start collecting signatures for a list of honorable and prepared candidates, women or men, I am more than ready to sign.


November 17th, 2009 at 21:26



November 18th, 2009 at 04:44

Querido Paco, en España hemos tenido suficientes mujeres cuyo único mérito ha sido ese y ¿algo acerca de los incontables hombres cuyo único mérito ha sido ese, a lo largo de toda la historia, tener la suerte de vivir en un mundo masculino? Llevamos aguantando hombre incompetentes toda nuestra vida, así que estoy dispuesta a que, por la igualdad, se cuele alguna mujer con ese perfil. Estoy segura que van a ser las menos.


November 18th, 2009 at 05:02

This is your point of view Paco, if the primary line of the Government is bad, the ministries will be bad, and also in the Spanish government we have bad men-politicians, even worst that the women, and nobody says anything…. don’t you remember Bermejo and his hunting?
I always be impressed with men that think they are always in a good position to make that kind of comments, you are man, you have never suffer discrimination because being a woman, but you are in position to judge…I remark “judge”, because of course you can say whatever you want, but to judge….maybe you should wait to be an “involved part”…


November 18th, 2009 at 09:10

Maite, lo siento pero yo por mi parte no estoy dispuesto a querer personas incopetentes, ya sean hombres o mujeres. Creo que precisamente es un problema diferenciar entre hombres y mujeres. Lo que deberíamos querer es que haya personas competentes, independientemente de su sexo.

Es cierto, las cosas se han hecho mal en una sociedad que durante siglos ha sido machista, pero no creo que abogar por el feminismo sea la forma de corregirlo, sería mejor abogar por la igualdad.

Si esta propuesta tratase de “cambiar la comisión porque hay personas más válidas” estaría encantado, pero no es el caso. Y si el caso fuese que se ha dejado fuera a mujeres, más validas que las peronas que ocupan su puesto, sólo por el hecho de ser mujeres, estaría todavía más de acuerdo con la propuesta. Ese tampoco es el caso.

Ana, in Spain we sadly have far the worst parties since democracy begun. I agree it’s not about the women that got there, but the incompetent people we have in politics.

The thing is that I believe long ago there was a time where women were needed, just to be an example to other women and show that they could perform any role in our system. That is no longer the case, there are awesome women that perform extremely well in most (if not all) possible roles in politics. We no longer need women just for the fact that they are. We need good people, and for the sake of gender equality we need to stop differencing genders.

By the way, I’m man, I’ve never suffered from sex discrimination, but I can also tell you I’ve never in my life allowed a discrimination situation in front of me. It’s not just women who want to get rid of those behaviors, and I like to consider me as an “involved part” as long as I can help.

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