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By Cristian Gherasim. From Estonia to Moldova and from Slovakia to Georgia, the wider region of eastern Europe is increasing its of female he of state and prime ministers, seeing more women occupying the highest echelons of national politics.

After Kaja Kallas was sworn in as the country's first female prime minister earlier this year, Estonia became the first republic in the world where both the head of state and of government are women, and with almost half of new cabinet portfolios held by women. Watch our editor-in-chief Koert Debeuf explain the reasons in this second video. Also in the Baltic region, Lithuania appointed Ingrida Simonyte as prime minister, becoming the second woman to serve in the role. Women also make up half of country's strong cabinet. The Republic of Moldova, which like Estonia and Lithuania gained its independence from the former Soviet Union in the early s, could too be on cusp Eastern european women having an all-female top leadership.

Maia Sandu made history when she was elected Moldova's first female head of state at the end of last year.

Another round of voting will follow but her chances of becoming PM might have dropped ificantly. Moldova's EU neighbour also recorded a historic moment at the end of last year, when Anca Dragu was voted Romanian Senate speaker. Romania's constitution stipulates that the Senate leader is first in line to succeed to the presidential powers and duties in case the head of state becomes incapacitated, impeached or res. A former finance minister, Dragu told EUobserver that her focus in this mandate will be to digitalise the Senate's work and simplify bureaucratic procedures - but also to promote female leadership in politics.

Also, I will focus on tackling domestic violence and gender inequality still present in the Romanian society", the Senate speaker told EUobserver. Despite Dragu being appointed first female leader of the upper house of the Romanian parliament, the country's gender representation at ministerial level is far less promising, with only one woman entrusted with a portfolio.

Meanwhile, women from eastern Europe also hold sway in international institutions such as the World Bank chaired by Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva and the European Commission, where Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Estonia all appointed women for top jobs. Less glitzy than top executive offices, female political participation in legislative bodies across the region has also increased over the past decade - albeit slowly. According to World Bank Development Indicatorscountries in eastern, central Europe and the Caucasus region have, with few exceptions, seen a rise in the of seats held by women in national parliaments.

Serbia Estonia One of the exceptions is the Republic of Moldova which has witnessed a small decline of one percent in the of women holding seats in parliament.

Yet, that was offset by the 11 percent increase of women now holding ministerial office in Moldova, according to data provided by the National Statistics Office. At the EU Parliament level, the percentage of women represented has risen since the elections and now stands at Top performing countries also rank high at national level, with member states like Finland Curiously, Malta, whose gender-equality record in national politics is near the bottom compared to other EU member states, has gender parity in the European Parliament, with 50 percent of its members being women.

Despite the overall trend of improvement in women's representation in eastern Eastern european women, the region, in catching up with top-performing EU member states, has to deal with still quite a few hurdles and an overall patriarchal view regarding women's role in society. MEPs have condemned the near-total ban on the right to abortion in Poland, following the entry into force of the country's Constitutional Tribunal ruling - which makes 98 percent of all abortions carried out annually in the country illegal. On current progress, closing the gender pay-gap in France will take over 1, years, according to new research by the Brussels-based European Trade Union Confederation.

Angela Merkel is only the seventh woman to chair the Council of the European Union's meetings. And in there is no woman leading any of the current 11 European civilian missions let alone the six military operations. Coronavirus lockdowns have triggered a spike in domestic, sexual and gender-based violence across Europe. Eastern european women, experts stressed that the end of lockdowns will bring additional challenges, such as economic uncertainty or job losses, which can lead to more abuse. MEPs pledged that the parliament will request an expedited procedure at the European Court of Justice, to speed up deliberations, and urged the EU Commission not to wait for the ruling and take action.

The symbolic move is an attempt to buttress against right-wing governments' increased scapegoating of LGBTI people, particularly in Poland and Hungary. European Democracy Consulting study said continued low s, or "even just a feeling of lasting under-representation", will lead to frustration and impact EU governance. The European Commission has proposed additional measures to limit non-essential travel within and to the European Union - amid fears over more transmissible mutations triggering a new surge in cases across the bloc.

Feature Can Eastern European countries lead way for female politicians? When Kaja Kallas left was sworn in as the country's first female prime minister, Estonia became the first republic in the world where both the head of state Kersti Kaljulaid, right and of government are women Photo: Twitter. Read and decide EUobserver today Become an expert on Europe Get instant access to all articles — and 20 years of archives. Then this plan is for you. Don't miss out on Our exclusive news stories and investigations.

Why ? Already a member? here. Romania recorded a historic moment at the end of last year, when Anca Dragu was voted in as Senate speaker Photo: Facebook. Author bio. Coronavirus exposes increase in violence targeting women. MEPs slam Polish abortion ban: 'Women will suffer' Feb, MEPs have condemned the near-total ban on the right to abortion in Poland, following the Eastern european women into force of the country's Constitutional Tribunal ruling - which makes 98 percent of all abortions carried out annually in the country illegal.

French women 'must wait 1, years' for equal pay 6. OctOn current progress, closing the gender pay-gap in France will take over 1, years, according to new research by the Brussels-based European Trade Union Confederation. Opinion Why so few women in EU missions? JulAngela Merkel is only the seventh woman Eastern european women chair the Council of the European Union's meetings. Coronavirus exposes increase in violence targeting women AprCoronavirus lockdowns have triggered a spike in domestic, sexual and gender-based violence across Europe.

Poland and Hungary challenge rule-of-law tool at EU court Mar, MEPs pledged that the parliament will request an expedited procedure at the European Court of Justice, to speed up deliberations, and urged the EU Commission not to wait for the ruling and take action. Mar, The symbolic move is an attempt to buttress against right-wing governments' increased scapegoating of LGBTI people, particularly in Poland and Hungary. Jan, European Democracy Consulting study said continued low s, or "even just a feeling of lasting under-representation", will lead to frustration and impact EU governance.

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