Law to boost female representation in municipalities passes, Israel

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Law to boost female representation in municipalities passes, Israel

A measure rewarding municipal parties with women on their lists became law Monday night, with 57 in favor and 14 against it, despite outspoken haredi opposition.

The bill, proposed by MKs Haneen Zoabi (Balad), Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) and Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women chairwoman Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), gives an additional 15 percent in campaign funding to municipal party lists that are at least one-third female. That benefit would only be given eight months after the election, so parties can’t just put women on their lists for the extra money and make the women quit after the vote.

“Women are 51% of the population, but they’re only 12% of those elected to local authorities,” Lavie said. “Only five of 255 local authority heads are women.”

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