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    Europe Falls Short in Gender Balance Goal

    This isn’t working. In 2003, the Council of Europe set a goal to have 40 percent of top public positions filled by women in each of its 47 member states. Today, none of the countries have hit that target — and less than 17 percent of executives in local, regional and national governments are women. A new report on the disappointing progress notes that proportional representation systems have proven more equitable, and the council recommends that political parties institute gender quotas if they’re serious about hitting the 40 percent goal.

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