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Fundamentalist Christian party may allow women MPs - on paper

Thursday 29 November 2012

The fundamentalist Protestant party SGP is considering allowing women to stand for political office, on paper at least, the party chairman said on Thursday.

The Dutch supreme court and European Court of Human Rights earlier ordered the party to give women the right to stand as MPs and councillors.

Party chairman Maarten van Leeuwen told the Reformatorisch Dagblad the party may remove the legal obstacle to women taking political office but that it remains of the opinion women should not be involved in politics.

The party is due to take a formal decision by the end of December.


A change of heart by the SGP, which has three MPs and believes the Netherlands should be governed by Biblical principles, would not automatically mean the party would field female candidates.

Not only is it unlikely the party elders would select a female candidate, but it remains doubtful any SGP women would support the move either, experts said.

The European Court said in its ruling in July ‘the advancement of the equality of the sexes is today a major goal in the member States of the Council of Europe’, and that ‘very weighty reasons’ would have to be put forward to justify different treatment on the grounds of sex.’

The SGP took its case to the European Court after the Dutch supreme court ruled in 2010 the party must allow women to stand for election and that the state has a duty to ensure they have this right in practice.

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Readers' Comments

''the party may remove the legal obstacle to women taking political office.''
Theres is no legal obstacle at all.They are only doing it because their own rules are illegal under Euro law.Much like the BNP had to do in the UK to allow ''non whites'' into their pathetic little fascist party.The medai in NL are reporting this all wrong.

By jason buttle | 29 November 2012 5:04 PM

Fundamentalist Christian party may allow women MPs - on paper. Who does the washing and cooking when women go in to politics? Apart from that they think different and like elephants never forget.

By Terence Hale | 29 November 2012 7:22 PM

Explain please why the SGP denies women these rights, misogynists?

Please don't mix religion with politics.

Religion is purely belief, not factual.

We use the Euro now, not talents & shekels..:P

By The visitor | 29 November 2012 7:41 PM

@b Terence Hale

Quite obviously, you live in marital bliss, and, fully understand the Margaret Thatcher syndrome.

By Highlander | 30 November 2012 8:54 AM

Hauling their sorry butts into the 18th century...Anyhows aren't we told all fundamentalists are either crazy or terrorists?

By Dr Ponzi | 30 November 2012 9:20 AM

And yet we talk about 'Judeo-Christian values' when preaching about women's rights and equality to Muslim immigrants. Can't get more 'Judeo-Christian values' than SGP I reckon, and it doesn't look very progressive to me - and let's not even get to the party's position on gays...

By Johannes | 30 November 2012 9:22 AM

I would like to ask The fundamentalist Protestant party SGP; Why only on paper????? this is the 21 century bring Holland up to date in it.

By dee | 30 November 2012 11:11 AM

Fundamentalist Christian party may allow women MPs - on paper. But first an electroroentgenography for examination of the brain ...

By Terence Hale | 2 December 2012 7:45 PM

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