They are not administrative for women: only 15 possible mayors – iO Donna

They are not administrative for women: only 15 possible mayors - iO Donna

D.Sunday 12 June we return to the polls for the administrative elections. And if there will be many women who will go to the polling stations, very few will be those that will be able to vote.


Administrative without women

On a sixty mayoral candidates in the 26 cities where citizens are called to choose their first citizen, of which four are regional capitals, Genoa, L’Aquila, Catanzaro, Palermo, women running for the office of director chosen by the major parties they are just fifteen. Against about sixty men, with a ratio of 1 to 4.

Let’s say, therefore, that they are not exactly administrative for women. The world of politicstherefore, or rather power in general, continues to remain firmly in the hands of men.


A moment of the voting for the electoral ballot for the mayor of Genoa

Only two mayors in 26 cities

After all, of the 26 cities that Sunday will vote to choose the mayor, at the moment only two are ruled by women. Too few, definitely. Is it possible that in the plethora of people who orbit in municipal politics, the competent ones are largely men?

Of course, 15 candidates are better than none. Last year, it was even worse, so much so that the heated discussion in the Democratic Party will be remembered precisely because of the lack of female candidates in the big cities. This year the Democratic Party seems to have put a piece of it: the dem candidates on the track in the provincial capitals are 9.

The secretary Enrico Letta, mindful of the controversies that broke out last year, this year immediately started winding up, opening the electoral campaign for the municipal authorities to the spokesperson Cecilia D’Elia and presenting the women’s team first.

Administrative, who are the few candidates

As always happens, in an anomalous situation, the exception cannot be missing: and so, in the province of Piacenzanot only are there female candidates, but the fight at the top will be an all-female challenge. On the one hand, the outgoing mayor Patrizia Barbieriof the center-right, on the other Katia Tarasconiprogressive camp.

Returning to normal, the 5 Stars have nominated Silvia Cina in Cuneo And Maria Angela Carone in Barletta.

The Pd ranks nine candidates, as mentioned above: Stefania Pezzopane in L’Aquila e Patrizia Manasseno in Cuneo. Therefore Piera Sommovigo in La Spezia and Barbara Minghetti in Como. Luisa Fasiolo in Gorizia and then descend towards central Italy with Federica Fratoni in Pistoia e Santa Bet in Barletta.

Remaining in the South, in Viterbo Laura Allegrini of Fratelli d’Italia will challenge the center-left mayor candidate Alessandra Troncarelli and in Catanzaro she will run Wanda Ferro, long-time right-wing politician, party coordinator and deputy. Still in the field of the center-right, the outgoing mayor of the Northern League tries again in Lodi Sara Casanova.

Civic lists prove to be more attentive to gender equality than traditional parties and, in fact, they present several more female candidates. Like for example the trade unionist and former deputy Adria Bartolichwho runs for the Como challenge, e Lucia Olivotto in Belluno.

In Genoa they show up Antonella Marras for Left together and Cinzia Ronzitti for the Communist Workers’ Party. In Palermo the former Lega MEP Francesca Donato and the civic Rita Barberadirector of the Ucciardone and Pagliarelli prisons.

What happens in Europe

In short, politics in Italy is not yet a thing for women. And, even with some openings, the numbers in general speak for themselves: according to a report byAncithe Association of Italian Municipalities, of 2019, women mayors in Italy are 1,065 out of 7,904 municipalitiesabout 13%.

If we then pause to look at the more general data, in Europe, it can be observed that our country is doing even worse: in fact, in the 2021 Gender Equality Index, prepared by the European Institute for Gender Equality, Italy ranks 14th among the 27 member states.

With a positive fact, however: which over the past 20 years has made more progress than others in the Union. In particular in the higher institutions, therefore like in Parliament. Here, for example, nIn 2018, 334 women were electedequal to about 35%, which are well above the European average of 32.8%.

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If we then talk about party leaderin this case women are in short supply everywhere in Europe reaching only 26.1%. As you can imagine, in Sweden and Finland alone they are more than half. Again, however, Italy presents an exception: Giorgia Meloni, leader of Fratelli d’Italia.


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