Petitioning Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament

50:50 Parliament want an inclusive, accessible & more gender balanced Parliament. Join us!

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At Westminster, in the corridors of power, men outnumber women by more than 2:1 in the Commons and 3:1 in the Lords. After the 2017 general election only 208 of the 650 MPs elected were women, 442 (68%) were men.

Women are the majority in life but the minority in Parliament.  If Parliament is inaccessible to women many others must and do face hurdles too. One way or another this needs sorting!  50:50 want a more modern, accessible and gender balanced Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women. If you agree say so and sign this petition. 

Let's build a better democracy together!

This is what our petition letter says:

"Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament,

We need a more gender balanced House of Commons, around 50:50 men and women. Please collaborate and do something: debate and take action to make Parliament more gender balanced, like life."

This petition is not prescribing the solutions but asking those in power to sort it out. This is a historic democratic deficit and institutional imbalance that needs to be addressed. An inclusive, gender balanced Parliament would lead to more responsive and informed decision making, everyone would benefit. Sign to show that you share our aspiration for an accessible, more gender balanced 50:50 Parliament, because what get's measured gets managed.

50:50Parliament also aim to inspire, support and encourage political participation with our #AskHerToStand campaign. 

All political parties agree that a gender balanced Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women would be better, see this video clip here! So ask for action.

People from across the UK have signed. The more signatures on the 50:50 Parliament Petition, the more Parliament will listen. So make a difference and SIGN NOW!

To read more about why this matters and the many solutions see the 50:50 Parliament submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry here.

  • This is about Human Rights. In 1948 the Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed the equal rights of men and women. Parliament is the place to start.
  • 50:50 are writing to all the party leaders and Parliament because they have the power to sort this out.
  • Over 40 countries have better gender balanced Parliaments than the UK so it is possible. The UK should be a world leader.
  • "This is a non-partisan issue, concerning the quality of governance and nature of democracy".
  • 50:50 want all women to have an equal say concerning reproductive rights, parenting policy, equal pay, maternity care and violence against women for more informed policy making.
  • 50:50 want all women to have an equal say in formulating economic policy, health care, welfare, defense strategy, foreign affairs, the environment, transport, education and all issues because these decisions affect them as much as anyone else.
  • As Prof Ngaire Woods from Oxford University says "We know that when women are in parliament…it builds more resilient, responsive, better informed institutions.”
  • Diversity leads to better decision making.
  • Evidence suggests that men can represent women but they tend to do so better when there are more women in the room.
  • Parliament should be leading the way, spearheading the changes required, for gender equality and respect for women.
  • Nearly 100 years after women won the right to vote it's time to right this historic wrong, women need an equal say.

50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign. 50:50 run an Ambassador Programme to inspire interest and engagement with politics and have launched the #AskHerToStand campaign to encourage and support women in standing as MPs.

Only 325 women MPs are needed for a #5050Parliament which amounts to 1 in every 100,000 women which is great, because clearly politics might not appeal to everyone, but it might suit 1 in 100,000 women and our country needs them. If you know a woman who would make a good MP #AskHerToStand.

Two comments on the petition say it all:

Helen "Apart from the obvious injustice we are in no position to under-utilise so much talent”- Helen,

“If the institution of Parliament discourages women to participate, it is the institution that needs to change.” – Malcolm.

Sign for an accessible, inclusive, more gender balanced #5050Parliament. Add your voice and make a comment!

Join us in asking for this pressing democratic issue to be sorted out.

Thank you.

Frances, Sadaf, Brian, Tina, Charlie and Nathalie

#5050Parliament Team

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