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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Meet the European Parliament's youngest ever MEP
The new-look European Parliament includes the youngest person ever to sit as an MEP. Kira Peter-Hansen, from Denmark, is just 21 and was still studying at university when she was elected. She told BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night "even the interns...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
I’m pregnant and forced to choose between being an MP and a mum
By Stella Creasy, Labour MP Even when you’ve spent a lifetime fighting for equality, you can still be floored by the way discrimination manifests itself. I never thought parliament would tell me to choose between being an MP and being a mum. My...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Why is it so hard for Labour to find a woman to be leader?
By Suzanne Moore, On Sunday night, I may have watched some men in suits talking nonsense. I may have been in the pub. I may have fallen asleep because the Tory-leadership candidate who is actually going to win couldn’t be arsed to turn up. Such is...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Scottish Parliament campaign launched to get more women to becomes MSPs
A major Holyrood drive has been unveiled aimed at getting more women to become MSPs after numbers stalled in recent years. More than 400 women from across Scotland are to be invited to a day at the Scottish Parliament aimed at generating interest...
Friday, May 24, 2019
Theresa May announces she will resign on 7 June
Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close. Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been “the...
Friday, May 03, 2019
UK: Councils 'behind the times' on female equality and will take 32 years to achieve gender balance, study says
Councils are “behind the times” on women’s representation and will take over three decades to achieve gender balance at current rates, a prominent women’s rights organisation has warned. New data from the Fawcett Society shows female candidates make...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Barriers to Women Entering Parliament and Local Government in the United Kingdom
In January 2018, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) commissioned this rapid evidence review, the two broad aims of which were to identify: a) barriers to women’s participation in local and national government; and b) evidence of policies and...
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...