Jersey trust aims to get more women into power

The States of Jersey Currently 23% of the 51-strong States Assembly are women including only one of the 10 senators

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Two new campaigns have been launched with the aim of getting more women into politics and business in Jersey.

The Community Relations Trust, which is funded by the States, is behind the projects as part of its mission to promote equality.

The trust wants the States to introduce gender discrimination and maternity laws equal to those in the UK.

It believes it will meet its aims if the number of women in the States increases after next year's election.

Currently just 12 of the 51 States' members, or 23%, are women.

Only one of the 10 senator positions, eight of the 29 deputies and three of the 12 constables roles are held by females.

Dr Elena Moran, from the trust, said the States seemed to realise that more work was needed in the area of legislation, including a flexible working law, and the high cost of childcare.

She said: "What we're really aiming for is the States to commit to a timetable and stick to it.

"We completely understand it can't be something that can be done overnight, it requires a lot of work, quite complicated legal drafting.

"I think an open statement about when the States plans to bring it in would hopefully avoid any further delays."

Dr Moran said it was not clear why more women did not stand for election, but the lack of party politics meant there was no "support mechanism" to help those of either sex get started.

Treasury Minister Senator Philip Ozouf said the States supported the moves and hoped there would be a higher percentage of women in the States after October's elections.

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