Sunday 18 August 2019

‘Vote for a woman’ campaign pays off, 42 provincial councillors leap up the list

An election poster in Friesland. Photo:

A campaign to encourage people to vote for a woman in the provincial council elections last week appears to have paid off, the organisers have said.

In total 42 women leapfrogged up the party lists from a position where they could not win a seat into a winning place, the Stem op een Vrouw foundation said. Of them, 41 took a place which had been occupied by a man

The number of women who will serve on the 12 provincial councils has gone up from almost 31% to over 33% – which means 191 of the 570 provincial councillors are female.

There is a similar picture on the 21 water boards, where the percentage of women has risen from 20% to 25%. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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