Daughters to take their place


Press reports yesterday evening brought the excellent news that an alliance of women MP from the ÖVP. SPÖ and Greens had secured enough support within the various parties to ensure that the ‘daughters’ will find a place in the national anthem:

http://derstandard.at/1310511100861/Aenderung-der-Bundeshymne-Beschlossen-Toechter-kommen-in-Hymne

http://www.austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2011-07-13/34898/Anthem%27s_new_lyrics_to_acknowledge_women%27s_achievements

The behaviour of some male ÖVP MP’s towards their own female MP’s on this issue has not projected a particularly good image over the last week for a party trying to reposition itself as a modern relevant force. There is also an interesting interview in the der Standard, today, with Political Scientist Peter Filzmaier (Professor at the Department for Political Communication at Danube University Krems) in which, amongst other things, he highlights the conservative ÖVP’s voter gender imbalance and the problems the party has in attracting the support of 30 to 60 year old women in urban areas:

http://derstandard.at/1310511102104/OeVP-Auch-in-Unternehmen-kann-man-nicht-so-agieren

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