There are 32 million women in the UK. They are a diverse majority making up 51% of the population, but only 23% of MPs. The UK is ranked 74th in the world, just below Sudan. There have only ever been 369 women MPs. Currently 503 men and 147 women have seats. So there are more men in the House of Commons now than there have ever been women. Unless something is done it could take over 100 years to get better gender balance. Representation shapes policy so we are asking for a debate and action to sort this out. We want the best of both, men and women, in roughly equal numbers forging legislation for the future. We would like it to happen one way or another, sooner rather than later.
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Vince Cable the Business Secretary wants more women on Boards. Like him, we want more women in Parliament.
People say that this is about justice, democracy, human rights, representation, equality and balance. Yes, and it is also about Parliament including women's experience, expertise, abilities, talents, knowledge and skills. Numerous moving reasons for wanting better gender balance are listed on the petition below.
"All parties are united in their belief that gender parity is crutical to having a modern, aspirational and representative Parliament" Women in Parliament APPG report.
Great words but what is the plan?
We need 'Deeds not Words' as the old saying goes.
I would like a modern, balanced Parliament, of around 50:50 men and women, within my lifetime, say by 2020. This is not an impossible dream. Only 178 more women are needed from a population of 32 million. Solutions range from 'Improving Parliament' (as recommended by the Women in Parliament APPG Report) to Constitutional Change (which the Director of Hansard says is required). The alternatives are outlined on our website. Other countries have shown that it can be done.
Westminster should be a world leader.
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Also, please see the Fawcett Society’s website – the UK’s leading organisation working to advance women’s rights in the UK – for more information on women’s representation, and other issues. Better yet, join Fawcett, to support their work to increase the number of women MPs.
UK is 74th in the percentage of women in national parliaments, some countries are ranked together so UK shown as ranking 64th but in fact 73 countries have proportionally more women in parliament so UK is 74th http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm