These are the hurdles facing women in Swiss politics

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These are the hurdles facing women in Swiss politics


In Switzerland, female voters outnumber their male counterparts by 10%. Yet women remain a minority in cantonal and federal politics. Here’s a look at some of the reasons for this discrepancy.

The Swiss will elect a new parliament this October. Never before have so many women run for a seat in the House of Representatives. However, it is very likely that men will once again dominate the newly elected parliament.

Why do women struggle to succeed in politics? What are the hurdles and why do they fail? This is a search for the reasons across all levels of political life.

Members and delegates 

Women in politics are confronted with a male majority in virtually all respects. This is evident in party memberships, the most basic level of political participation. The biggest Swiss parties count a total of 93,000 female members, compared to 138,000 men.

However, there are big differences between the parties. For example, the share of men in Switzerland's strongest party, the conservative right Swiss People's Party, is twice as high as the share of female members. The same applies to the centre-right Conservative Democratic Party.

Click here to read the full article published by Swiss Info on 18 September 2019.