There is a need to increase the number of women chosen to run in this year's elections according to Hazel Brown, coordinator of the Network of NGOs.
"We are asking the political parties to at least put up 30 percent of women to be candidates to help increase women in the business world," she
was speaking yesterday at the Network of NGOs
Presentation of women candidates running for the 2015 election at Hyatt Regency, Dock Road, Port-of-Spain.
Although some parties are still selecting candidates, the Network of NGOs
is asking that at least 30 percent of candidates in the upcoming elections are women in order to increase the presence of women in the business sector.
said when they launched their 50-50 campaign in 2000, women accounted for only 12 percent of the business sector.
The campaign's aim is to have a 50-50 ratio of men and women in business.
Initially the network estimated it will take 75 years to attain their goal.
yesterday said, "Now we think it will take us 20 years to get to 50 -50 (but) we need to increase the rate.
It depends on how many women candidates we put out.
We can make it happen."
emphasised that they have achieved transformational leadership as evidenced by the women who are councillors and aldermen today, and those who are offering themselves to be candidates in the upcoming election.
She said the network has been working with women throughout the region to achieve an environment for both the electors, as well as the political parties that are more acceptable to women in leadership roles in politics.