(MULTI) – IATE Term of the Week: universal suffrage | TermCoord


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Jobs, climate change, migration, terrorism, business, you name it: all of these concerns and the course of action regarding them are determined by elections. Whether you participate or abstain, the impact is still felt.

As we are sure you are aware of, the right to vote in democratic elections was not an automatic right given to both men and women until the 20th century. It was Finland that became the first country, not only in Europe but worldwide, to implement full universal suffrage (this is also taking into consideration the right for women to stand as a parliamentary candidate) to its citizens. The last country in Europe to grant universal suffrage was Switzerland, as whilst they granted the vote to women in 1971m and in one individual canton, not …

via Terminology Coordination Unit [DGTRAD] – European Parliament

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