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Thursday, December 20, 2018
UK Parliament makes ‘steady progress’ on gender equality
The UK Gender Sensitive Parliament Audit, published today, finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament, but there are still too many barriers to women standing as MPs or putting...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
British women push for equality 100 years after first female MP's election
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A century after Britain’s first election in which women voted and stood for parliament, female activists called on Friday for further reform to achieve equality amid abuse and prejudice. Despite celebrations to...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?
By Sian Norris, 100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too. Visitors at Westminster Hall are now welcomed into the British Houses of Parliament by a...
Friday, December 14, 2018
209 Women Exhibition
One hundred years after women first gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs, the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art will host the ‘209 Women’ exhibition from 14 December 2018 to 14 February 2019. Unveiled in time for the anniversary...
Friday, November 23, 2018
Women outnumber men at Westminster on #AskHerToStandDay
Hundreds of women from all walks of life descended on Westminster on Wednesday, to mark the moment women first got the right to stand for parliament 100 years ago. At the final count, 317 women came to the Houses of Parliament to visit 238 MPs as...
Monday, November 19, 2018
'A woman's place is in elected office', Theresa May tells politicians
Theresa May told a gathering of female politicians from around the world that “a woman’s place is in elected office” as she urged them to work together to make sure their voices were heard. The British prime minister admitted that getting the...
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Women MPs of the world conference: Strengthening visibility, driving change
To mark the 100th anniversary of the first women in this country winning the right to stand for election to parliament, the House of Commons will host the first ever Women MPs of the World Conference on Thursday 8th November. MPs have agreed it will...
Monday, November 05, 2018
Female politicians from around world mark century of UK women’s suffrage
A young Bosnian MP who denounced her uncle’s war crimes, a member of the Syrian opposition and a Gambian women’s rights campaigner are among the female parliamentarians who will sit in the House of Commons chamber this week. A landmark event on...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Women, Power, Politics: What has changed in the last 100 years in the UK and beyond?
Given that 2018 is the centenary of some women gaining the vote in the UK, the British Council has commissioned this research to map and understand the key developments in women’s role in politics in the UK and around the world over the last 100...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
John McDonnell: I hope Labour's next leader will be female
John McDonnell said he wanted a woman to become the next leader of the Labour party, a day after senior party figures were accused of failing to take allegations of sexual harassment seriously enough. The shadow chancellor defended Labour’s record...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Female MPs from around world to gather for UK suffrage event
More than 100 female politicians from around the world, from Afghanistan to the Vatican, will sit in the House of Commons for a landmark event to mark the centenary of women first winning the right to vote in the UK. The Women MPs of the World...
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Danielle Rowley
Danielle Rowley is a Member of the United Kingdom's Parliament and former Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.  This interview was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union's Global Conference of Young...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
UK: Parliament harassment plans fall short of staff hopes
Is the Westminster harassment and bullying scandal nearing its endpoint? Is there a plan out there that will bring Parliament out of the stone age as a workplace? A working group is about to report on the proposed new scheme that will govern what...
Monday, July 09, 2018
Joan Burton
Joan Burton is an Irish Labour Party politician who served as Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party from 2014 to 2016, Minister for Social Protection from 2011 to 2016, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2014, Minister of State at the...
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Call for parties to publish gender breakdown of candidates in UK
Political parties should be required to publish details of their election candidates by gender to highlight the "shameful" gap in numbers between men and women, campaigners are arguing. The Centenary Action Group, which wants equal representation in...
Friday, June 22, 2018
Violence against women in politics case study: United Kingdom
Violence against women (VAW) is a scourge on any society. This paper considers the myriad ways in which this behaviour affects the participation and experiences of women in political life in the United Kingdom. It gives a brief overview of VAW in...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
UK: Mass march marks 100 years of women's vote
Women across the UK have marched together to create a living artwork, to mark 100 years since the first British women won the vote. Women in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London donned the colours of the suffragette movement - green, white and...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Britain needs gender equality quotas now, Fawcett Society says
Quotas to get more women into key positions in politics, business and the arts must be introduced to address a massive imbalance of power in Britain, according to equality campaigners. With a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett set to become the...