CSU boss Markus Söder has given up his previous goal of expanding the women’s quota in the CSU – and thus rejected a permanent demand from the women’s union.
“We don’t need any more quotas in the party – we’re purified -” said Söder on Sunday at a state assembly of the Junge Union in Augsburg. The young CSU party, who was always critical of the quota, acknowledged this with loud applause.
In the CSU, there has been a women’s quota of 40 percent on state and district executive boards for a good ten years. There is now even a mandatory 50 percent quota on the executive boards – chairpersons, deputies, secretaries and treasurers.
In 2019, the CSU base voted at a party conference against a mandatory 50 percent women’s quota for district executives, Markus Söder supported this goal at the time. For him, the defeat in the vote was the first sensitive setback of his tenure.
However, the Women’s Union, chaired by Social Affairs Minister Ulrike Scharf, has never given up on the goal of increasing the quota for women. (dpa)
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