Political parties running for seats in Congress will be required to run as many women candidates as men, after Argentina’s Lower House yesterday passed legislation to raise the gender parity ratio from 33 to 50 percent.
The reform had been passed last October in the Senate but stalled after its approval in a Constitutional Affairs committee. With 165 votes in favour and 4 against, the changes will come into effect by the 2019 general elections.
Yesterday’s surprise vote was supported by a vast majority of lawmakers from across the political spectrum.
However, others expressed their disapproval about the way in which the reform had been brought to a vote.