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PNP’s Women’s Movement to today make second attempt to impose female quota system in party

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2013 | 8:25 AM

The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Women’s Movement will today make another attempt to have a system instituted which proposes that a certain number of parliamentary and parish council seats be reserved for females.

Member of Parliament for South East St Ann and chairman of the party’s Region One, Lisa Hanna, told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum on Thursday that a resolution was expected to be tabled at today’s private session of the party’s 75th annual conference.

She says she is in support of the resolution.

Miss Hanna says she is of the view that buffers are needed in the male-dominated political culture.

It is the second time that an attempt is being made to impose a quota system in the party.

But at least one of the five female PNP members of parliament has indicated she will not be supporting the resolution for the implementation of a quota system.

North Central St Catherine MP Natalie Neita-Headley argues that a quota system would not guarantee candidates of the highest quality.

Neita-Headley says while she entered a system in which female leadership was not initially perceived to be possible, females had actually succeeded in breaking the traditional barrier.


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