Meet former Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, now a cross-bench member of the House of Lords, former MP Ann Cryer, probably best known for her campaigns against forced marriages, and the current speaker in the House of Lords Baroness D’Souza and learn how to follow them in laying down the law.
Women in Politics: Yes We Can! has been organised by the Parliamentary Outreach team to encourage women to consider how they can get involved in politics, Parliament and campaigning.
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In April’s local elections, only one in three of those eligible to vote actually did so. What proportion of those voters were women? It’s difficult to get an exact percentage, but in most UK elections, women account for just under half of the turnout. In general elections, female turnout is just over 60 percent. Bearing that in mind, it might seem incredible that 100 years ago today, one woman died so that the rest of us could vote. On the day of the Epsom Derby – 4th June 1913 – Emily Wilding Davison ran out in front of the King’s Horse, a three-year-old gelding named Anmer, and died four... Read more
Stella Creasy is young, female and very blonde, which would describe any number of aides around Parliament. But there aren’t a whole lot of anecdotes about this British politician being mistaken for a secretary or an intern.
There is one: In 2011, a year after she was elected to the House of Commons for the opposition Labour Party, Ms. Creasy got into an elevator in Westminster and was stopped by a male legislator from the Conservative Party. Andrew Robathan, a junior defense minister, told her that it was reserved for members of Parliament only. He thought she was a researcher.
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A Practical Guide to Constitution Building provides an essential foundation for understanding constitutions and constitution building. Full of world examples of ground-breaking agreements and innovative provisions adopted during processes of constitutional change, the Guide offers a wide range of examples of how constitutions develop and how their development can establish and entrench democratic values. Beyond comparative examples, the Guide contains in-depth analysis of key components of constitutions and the forces of change that shape them.
The Guide analyzes the adoption of the... Read more
The Welsh Government has been urged to address the “glass ceiling” of women standing for council seats after local elections on Anglesey saw just three women councillors returned. A report by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) in Wales obtained by WalesOnline, analysing the results of the poll, revealed how continuing barriers to women standing meant the island’s female representation remained the worst in Wales, with only three (Plaid Cymru) members elected out of 30. It pointed to only one woman (out of 30) independent candidate – the group that eventually struck a deal to lead a coalition... Read more
City University London Researcher and Lecturer Ruth Sealy discusses the lack of women at the top of companies, the idea of adding quotas to bring about change and how the U.K. stacks up in its number of female leaders with Bloomberg’s Anna Edwards on “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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Regardless of the role or industry in question, networking is often an essential part of the modern day-to-day job. We all build up an array of contacts during our professional lives and we learn from the people we meet and work with. As a professional political consultant, I can vouch for this being as true in Westminster as anywhere else; and I believe that building on these networks is the key to making Parliament a more female-friendly workplace.
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This consolidated response highlights strategies and policies that may be used in addition to gender quotas by political parties to increase the numbers of women in politics. The strategies described in this response include establishing women’s sections in political parties, providing women candidates with training and financial assistance to hold effective campaigns, creating a forum for women to lobby and discuss policy, and offering political parties incentives for promoting women in politics. Read more
The Chairman of the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU), Mr Robert Walter MP, welcomed the arrival of a delegation from the Majils Ash-Shura, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by the Speaker, H.E. Dr. Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh.
Mr Walter noted that following the recent historic appointment by His Majesty King Abdullah of 30 women to Saudi Arabia’s 150-seat parliament, he very much appreciated the inclusion in the Speaker’s delegation of two of the newly appointed female members. Mr Walter said, “The composition of the Speaker’s delegation highlights the... Read more
This 'Ideas on the 3rd Floor' public event will explore and discuss women and politics.
Thursday 6 February 2014, 18.00 – 19.30
Speaking at this event, The Rt Hon Baroness Quin, former Minister for Europe; Julie Elliott MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change; and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick-upon-Tweed, will discuss the gender gap in politics. They will explore attitudes towards female politicians and how more women can be encouraged to participate in politics.
Ideas on the 3rd Floor is an exciting programme of in-house... Read more
Mr Cameron has been criticised because only four full members of his Cabinet are women. Before the last election, he pledged to make sure one third of all his ministers are female, a target he has missed.
When Lady Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979, barely three per cent of MPs were women. Today, the figure is 22 per cent.
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Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper are strong Labour MPs but they both have baggage. In an open letter to Ed Miliband, Cathy Newman advises the beleaguered leader of the Opposition to look to the next generation of female MPs for some inspiration.
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This report addresses gender equality and women’s human rights in the UK and the European Community development cooperation programmes in South Africa, Nicaragua and Bangladesh. Six case studies are used to compare on-the-ground practice with stated policy commitments. Read more
From top left, clockwise: Dido Harding, Karren Brady, Nosheena Mobarik and Joanna Shields Photo: PA/Bloomberg
A host of young, digitally savvy women are being made peers by David Cameron including the head of telecoms company and a former Google executive.
Seven of 12 new Conservative peers announced on Friday are women, including Dido Harding, the chief executive of TalkTalk, and Joanna Shields, an American-born businesswoman who used to run Google’s European operations.
Others include Karren Brady, 45, who runs West Ham Football Club and star of the Apprentice television programme,... Read more
Female politicians have to work hard to be "noticed and seen" in the "bang-on-tables" world of Westminster, one of David Cameron's ministers has said. Lady Verma of Leicester, an energy minister, said the way women have to "raise our tempo" to be heard is an unattractive aspect of politics today.
In an interview with the Guardian, the senior Tory said the presence of more female politicians has made debate "much more tempered" but it could still be improved by having more women right at the top of the coalition.
Asked about the biggest barrier to women in politics, Verma said it was "the way... Read more
Lady Verma argues macho 'bang on tables' to be heard aspect of politics is unattractive, but warns PM against tokenism
Female politicians have to work hard to be "noticed and seen" in the "bang-on-tables" world of Westminster, one of David Cameron's ministers has said.
Lady Verma of Leicester, an energy minister, said the way women have to "raise our tempo" to be heard is an unattractive aspect of politics today.
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It is worth saying again: Prejudice against women fulfilling their professional promise is one of the most pernicious discriminations still tolerated in the UK.
Even politics, supposedly the bedrock of representation in our democracy, is riddled with the same blinkered prejudice as parts of business. The image of David Cameron flanked by an entirely male Front Bench at Question Time eloquently illustrates the situation. What hope for change? Well, some.
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On the face of it, what could be more sexist?
A system where women aren’t allowed to compete alongside men but only amongst themselves – presumably because nobody thinks they will manage to beat the blokes.
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David Cameron has been accused of running the country like an old boys' network after he turned up to prime minister's questions with an entirely male frontbench.
He was taunted about the Conservatives' "women problem" by Ed Miliband in the same week it emerged several prominent women have recently been sacked from government jobs and Anne McIntosh, a high-profile female Tory MP, was deselected by her local association.
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Emily Benn, the 24 year-old granddaughter of the late Labour grandee Tony Benn, is poised to become the fifth generation of her family to sit in the Commons. In this article she explains why she's running.
"It would of course be silly to suggest that I did not grow up in a 'political household'. But my interest in politics has far less to do with my last name than it does to my longstanding wish to make sure that more people are able to have the start in life that I had. Yes I am young to run for Parliament at 24, but you don't need to be 45 to understand how lucky I was compared to many... Read more