The chairwoman of the German Women’s Council, Beate von Miquel, has asked the SPD to nominate a woman to succeed Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU).
Berlin – “It is unbelievable that the party that calls for a” decade of equality “in its election manifesto apparently wants to send predominantly men to the highest state offices,” she told the editorial network Germany (RND / Tuesday).
The Working Group of Social Democratic Women had already made a similar statement on Monday. Previously, SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans had brought the previous parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich into play for the office of President of the Bundestag. However, with the possible Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the highest political posts would all be filled with men.
“With a view to a male dual leadership in the office of Chancellor and Federal President, the SPD should urgently nominate a woman for the office of President of the Bundestag and another for the parliamentary group chair in order to maintain parity,” demanded von Miquel. “By the way, we expect this equal representation in the entire cabinet! Our democracy is only fair if women have equal rights at all management and decision-making levels. “
SPD chancellor candidate Scholz had always stressed in the election campaign that his cabinet should be equal, with equal numbers of women and men. However, leading FDP politicians have recently set different accents. Party Vice-President Wolfgang Kubicki said that when appointing cabinet posts, qualifications and the ability to lead a ministry should always play a major role.
The German Women’s Council represents the political interests of around 60 nationwide active women’s organizations and thus, according to its own statements, is the largest women’s lobby in Germany. (dpa)
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