Women still struggling with boys' club of Greek politics

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

May 23, 2023

Women still struggling with boys' club of Greek politics


A man's game: Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the campaign trail © Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP

Athens (AFP) – As the credits rolled on Greek television's long-awaited election debate between the party leaders, one thing united them -- they were all men.

While the three battled for three hours over defence spending, unemployment and a wiretapping scandal, there is no reference to the elephant in the room, that Greek politics largely remains a man's game.

Women only acquired the vote in Greece in 1952, two decades after their British and Spanish sisters, and only one in five MPs are women, one of the lowest rates in the EU.

Outgoing conservative prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has only 10 women in his cabinet of 58, and only two of them are full ministers.

In 2015, Vasiliki Thanou became the country's first female prime minister -- but her tenure was purely technical and temporary before leftist Alexis Tsipras' re-election.

Click here to read the full article published by France 24 on 16 May 2023.