Women can now shut down male-only debates in Germany's Green Party

Annalena Baerbock, the leader of the Greens, delivers a speech at the conference in the German city of Bielefeld.

(CNN)Germany's Green Party has placed the power to debate directly into the hands of women.

A new ruling, adopted at the party's conference in Bielefeld, which ran from Friday to Sunday, stipulates that its female members have the right to decide whether a debate continues in the event of gender imbalance among its speakers.
The Greens had previously ruled that women and men were required to speak alternately during party debates.
In the event that only men were available to speak, all members were required to vote on whether the debate should continue, according to the women's statute in the party's constitution.
    But the new ruling states that only female members should have the power to decide whether a discussion continues in such an event.
    "If the list of female speakers is exhausted, the women of the assembly should be asked if the debate should continue," the ruling states.
    The ruling amended the women's statue of the party's constitution, which previously stated: "If the list of female speakers is exhausted, the assembly should be asked if the debate should continue."
    The amendment means that in the event of a gender imbalance, male members will no longer have a say in whether a discussion continues, placing power firmly in the hands of female members.
    "The gender-balanced list of speakers should help ensure the participation of women in discussions," the proposers of the amendment said in a statement. "If, however, the entire assembly is asked whether a debate should be continued by men in the event of a lack of women on the speakers list, the idea of quotas is reduced to absurdity.
    "It would not be in women's hands to decide whether to allow the debate to be conducted without female voices, but also in those of men.
    "The women's statute should actually counteract such patriarchal structures."
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