|Date: 20/07/2012 Time: 06:28:00 PM
A Dutch Christian political party which opposes
votes for women has lost its efforts to stop women from becoming MPs on its
behalf, Dutch medai reported Friday.
The European Court of Human rights in Strasburg today rejected an appeal by
the fundamentalist Christian party SGP, which says women should not be allowed
to hold political office.
The Court argued that the advancement of the equality of the sexes is
today a major goal in the member States of the Council of Europe.
The SGP took its case to the European Court after the Dutch supreme court
ruled in 2010 the party must allow women to stand for election.
The party has two seats in the 150-seat parliament and receives 800,000
euro in government support every year.