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Local elections: Record 48.8% of Brussels councillors are women

20:58 15/10/2018

A record number of women have won local council seats in the Brussels region in this weekend's municipal elections, the final results confirm.

Brussels' 19 local councils will have 339 women - or 48.8% of the total. This compares with 41.5% women councillors in 2012 and 42.2% in 2006.

In eight Brussels municipalities, women outnumber men: Auderghem, Ganshoren, Ixelles, Saint-Gilles, Uccle, Watermael-Boitsfort, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.

Auderghem's newly elected local council has 20 women out of a total 31 seats. By contrast, Saint-Josse town council has 19 male councillors for 10 women.

Molenbeek will be the only Brussels commune with a woman mayor, with Catherine Moureaux (PS, pictured) replacing Françoise Schepmans (MR). In Ixelles, Dominique Dufourny lost her leadership of the town council to the Ecolo-Groen party.

Photo: Hatim Kaghat/Belga

Written by The Bulletin