The only all-male government in the western world

08.01.2022 - 10:36
The only all-male government in the western world
We are branding ourselves as a primitive nation, says equal rights campaigner
Countries with all-male governments: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Brunei, North Korea, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Tuvalu, Vietnam and the Faroe Islands

Elsebeth Mercedis Gunnleygsdóttir resigned last month as the social affairs minister and was replaced by a man.

This completed an all-male cabinet of ministers, the only one of its kind in the western world.

“If someone who doesn’t know about our country hears about this, they would have every right to believe we are a primitive, ultra-conservative nation where women are not allowed to hold power,” says Kristina Gry Berg, chairwoman of gender equality interest organisation Demokratia.

This is not only a bad signal to send out to the world, she adds. 

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“It signals to the women in our country that we may be put on the electoral register, but we are not good enough to be given due airtime and certainly not qualified for a ministerial post.”

These views are echoed by the Equal Status Council.

“Gender equality quotas have been implemented for public boards and committees,” says Mai Laksafoss Simonsen, chairwoman of the Equal Status Council.

“But this does not appear to apply in the political system – the very system that passed the Sex Discrimination Act. That’s unfortunate.”

Female representation in Parliament currently stands at 28 percent.


Watch the news report (in Faroese) here.

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