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Women lose out in Greek cabinet reshuffle

17 Jun, 2011

There is only one woman in the new Greek cabinet announced this week - Anna Diamantopoulou retains her post as Education and Lifelong Learning minister, but Tina Birbili (Environment) and Louka Kasteli (Labour and Social Security) have both been replaced by men.

CFWD has produced an updated Factsheet on women in cabinets which includes almost all the European countries plus the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. That we know of, there is cuirrently no complete list for women in cabinets worldwide, though we are working on producing one.

At 62% (5 women out of a cabinet of 8), Switzerland leads the way, followed by Finland (55%) and Norway (48%). The UK languishes well down the list at 17%, with Greece now falling to 5%.

Both Switzerland and Finland have women Prime Ministers (or equivalent), and Finland also has a female President.

CFWD believes that it is as important that women are in the cabinet as in parliament, and will continue to work to improve both knowledge and understanding of the situation worldwide.