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Quotas alone won't lure women

Published:Tuesday | July 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I enjoyed reading Olive Nelson's article 'More women better for Parliament? Think Again.' (Sunday Gleaner, June 29, 2014) and agree with the arguments presented. However, I would not go as far as saying more women will not make a difference, though it really looks that way. I am willing to give it some more time.

These are my key issues:

1. Quotas on their own will not encourage more women to Parliament.

2. The current discussion for more women in politics puts forward reasons such as easy seats for women, and that men are making decisions on women's reproductive health. These arguments are very weak and do not represent the value that women can bring.

3. Discussions have not taken into consideration our culture and economic situations.

4. There is no basis on which the quota is being set. How do we determine what is possible for Jamaica? Adopting global recommendations and wholesale approaches will not work.

5. Women are indeed making decisions to spend their time on more worthwhile and rewarding activities.