PES Member Party Elects Woman Leader
Holly Combe // 6 April 2009
A press release for the Party of European Socialists (PES) announced today that the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) has has joined a growing number of PES member parties with women leaders and shown “the PES is the party of gender equality” by electing a distinguished women’s rights supporter, Ildikó Lendvai, as party chair:
Zita Gurmai, President of PES Women and fellow Hungarian Socialist, said “This is absolutely fantastic news. Ildikó Lendvai has an exceptional record: having founded the Women’s Section of the Women’s Section of the MSZP and fought tirelessly for women’s political representation and participation, a gender-equal labour market and more rights for mothers…
…Gurmai, who is one of three women to lead the MSZP list for the upcoming European elections, added “This just goes to show that Europe’s socialists and social democrats are streets ahead of the liberals and conservatives in the fight for gender equality.