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Friday, June 09, 2017
More than 200 women have been elected to House of Commons, beating previous high of 196 over last parliament. There will be a record number of female MPs in the House of Commons after at least 207 women were elected in Thursday’s general election....
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Historically, snap elections are bad news for women's representation - so are we likely to see more female MPs from Wales at Westminster after 8 June? Diana Stirbu, Jac Larner and Laura McAllister of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Abuse targeted at politicians on social media is putting some women off standing for public office, a union has warned. Sexist comments and insults have become too common for people trying to serve their community, Unison Wales said. Labour's...
Monday, May 08, 2017
Obsession with female politicians’ appearance in the media is putting young women off going into politics, a study has revealed, prompting campaigners to call for an end to sexism in political media coverage.  41 per cent of girls aged between nine...
Monday, May 08, 2017
Scotland may be tiny, but the ambitions of its female leaders certainly are not. Teen Vogue spoke to the three parties ahead of the June 8 election in the United Kingdom to find out about female representation in Scotland, and what’s been done to...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
What impact is the snap Election having on the selection of female candidates? With less than 7 weeks to go some parties are changing the way they're choosing who'll contest seats. Will women win or lose out on better representation at Westminster...
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Fewer than one in six Scottish Conservative candidates in next month’s council elections are female. Women make up 30% of would-be councillors overall, with 775 of the 2,550 candidates who are standing in the local government elections. Female...
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Politicians join public in condemning and ridiculing newspaper headline that leers at Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May. A Daily Mail front page that declared “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” next to a photograph of Scottish first minister...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Women may be deterred from entering politics because of abuse suffered by female MPs, Diane Abbott says. The shadow home secretary said she was speaking out about her own experiences after recently receiving a series of threats and insults. In the...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out about the sexist attitudes she still battles as a senior woman politician. In a wide-ranging interview with The Gentlewoman magazine, the SNP leader brought up a number of incidents that what...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is hosting a debate on International Women’s Day “From Cavewoman to Cyborg: How does Technology affect Women and Equality?.”  As our society becomes immersed by information networks and technological advances, the...
UK parliament
Thursday, January 26, 2017
An overwhelming majority of women MPs have received online and verbal abuse from the public and a third have considered quitting as a result, a BBC Radio 5 live survey suggests. Some reported death threats, with more than half of those questioned...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP The report published yesterday by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women at Westminster is an important contribution to the debate on how parliament and political parties...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Gender quotas have emerged globally as a key solution for improving women's political representation. Yet in Britain—where they take the form of all-women shortlists (AWS)—they remain contentious, both within and outside political parties. In this...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The UK Labour Party has long utilised All-Women candidate shortlists in an aim to ensure that female representation in the House of Commons increases. This has always been controversial, however it has been responsible for a noted increase in the...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Political parties must face fines if they do not ensure at least 45% of general election candidates are female, MPs have recommended. The Women and Equalities Committee said the fact that 30% of current MPs were women represented a "serious...
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Friday, December 02, 2016
50:50 Parliament launched #AskHerToStand, a campaign to address the overwhelming gender imbalance in Parliament by encouraging everyone to ask talented and inspirational women to stand as Parliamentary candidates. 50:50 Parliament is working with ...
Westminster
Friday, December 02, 2016
By Alexandra Topping Women and equalities minister Justine Greening says there is a danger that female representation will flatline at current 30%. Progress on the representation of women in Westminster is in danger of stalling, according to a group...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Join 50:50 Parliament for their annual event in Parliament to mark the anniversary of Nancy Astor, the first woman MP to take her seat in the Commons in 1919. This year 50:50 Parliament is launching #AskHerToStand; a campaign to address the gender...
Sylvia Walby Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Party leader tells committee he backs all-female shortlists and is determined to have 50/50 representation by next election. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for all-female shortlists to achieve equal representation in parliament and...
Monday, October 10, 2016
The British Labour Party has launched a mentoring program for women to honor the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox. Its goal is to help more than 600 women to enter politics over the next 5 years. Cox died in June, after she was shot and stabbed in a...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Eighteen months ago, the Women’s Equality Party didn’t exist. Now it’s one of the fastest-growing forces in British politics. Phil W. Bayles of Cafe Babel talked to the party's leader Sophie Walker about her mayoral campaign in London, her reactions...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The Guardian has published an editorial on sex abuse that we transcribed due to its interest and relevance. Click here to access the original article. Calling out everyday sexism is a necessary part of an all-too-slow shift in the macho culture of...
Felicity Blackburn Student at the Women's Campaign School at Yale University 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Women's Campaign School (WCS) at Yale University is a non-partisan and issue neutral leadership program that gathers women from the United States and across the world for an intensive five-day training. With the aim to improve women’s political...
Monday, July 25, 2016
The Guardian relays that according to a report commissioned by the Speaker, the House of Commons should install gender neutral toilets, allow MPs to breastfeed in the chamber, and introduce quotas to ensure that at least 40% of political journalists...
Thursday, July 14, 2016
After weeks of uncertainty in British politics following the EU referendum, Theresa May, 59, a Conservative politician, has become Britain's second female prime minister. "The government I'll lead will be driven not by the interests of the...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the Conservative Party after Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest. After the second MPs' ballot, Home Secretary Mrs May finished with 199 votes, Energy Minister...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Womankind Worldwide is a women’s rights and international development organization making an impact through the power of partnership. Since it was founded just over 25 years ago Womankind has helped 18 million women and their families. Their vision...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Helen Joan Cox, Labour Party politician and Member of the UK Parliament for the constituency of Batley and Spen, has died after being attacked in her district. Jo Cox was 41 years old when a man shot and stabbed her multiple times after shouting “...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Herald Scotland reports that a major exodus from Glasgow's ruling Labour administration is set to deepen rifts within the authority, with almost half the party's female councillors expected to quit politics. It is understood that six female...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
London’s new Labour mayor Sadiq Khan has announced key members of the team he hopes will help him deliver his manifesto pledges as he embarks on his first term as mayor. It is a line-up which, as promised, gives senior roles to women, confirms his...
Friday, June 03, 2016
Labour's Diane Abbott, the SNP's Hannah Bardell and former Liberal Democrat minister Jo Swinson have revealed the levels of online abuse they received as Members of Parliament. BBC Radio 5 live approached current and former female MPs and asked...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Hollywood star and human rights activist, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, has been recently appointed as Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, within its new Centre for Women, Peace and Security (WPS). This position is unpaid and honorary,...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
In the United Kingdom, of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, men hold 459 (71%) and women only 191 (29%). There have only ever been 450 women MPs. The vision and the goal of the 50:50 Parliament campaign is a parliament where men and women...
Thursday, April 07, 2016
iKNOW politics because it provides the platform for discussion, expert advice and real life experiences from leaders across the world on advancement of women in politics". Uday Nagaraju is a Post graduate from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He...
Jennette Arnold Chair of the London Assembly
Monday, April 04, 2016
On International women’s day,Uday Nagaraju interveiwed Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly since May 2015. and shared it with iKNOW Politics. They talked about measures to achieve gender equality in politics at the local and...
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...
Dr Lisa Cameron Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...
Stuart Donaldson Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...

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