Join us asking for better gender balance in the UK Parliament.
There are currently more men in the Commons than there have ever been women MPs. The 50:50 Parliament campaign is calling upon all Party Leaders for solutions; they have the power to sort this out.
50:50 Parliament has a clear aspiration:
better gender balance at Westminster,
one way or another,
sooner rather than later.
50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign that has the support of all genders. People from across the UK have signed the petition. Our letter says:
"Dear Mr. Cameron and All Party Leaders, 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."
We would like to see men & women running the country and planning our future, together, in more equal numbers. We are calling on Parliament to draw upon the widest possible pool of talent and experience, including the 32 million women who constitute the diverse majority of the UK population.
Women have a wealth of experience and skills. They make a massive contribution to society in paid and unpaid work. They merit fair inclusion. If you agree that Parliament should include the best of both, men and women, please sign.
- Of the 650 seats in the House of Commons men hold 459 (71%) and women only 191 (29%), so there are 268 more men.
- Despite women having had the vote since 1918 there have only ever been 450 women MPs. So there are more men in the House of Commons right now than there have ever been women MPs. In that time, women have held (on average) only 7% of the seats.
- Among the Lords men outnumber women 3:1 with over 400 more men than women in the upper house.
- 45 countries have proportionally more women in their Parliaments than the UK.
- At the current rate of change, it could take at least 50 years for gender equality in Parliament.
- 32 million UK women constitute 51% of the population in the UK. That is a diverse pool of talent from which a total of 325 female MPs and 400 female Peers can be selected to ensure equal representation in Parliament.
- Many reasons are given for the lack of women MPs including media intrusion and scrutiny, family life and caring responsibilities, parliamentary culture, traditions and procedures, incumbency, perceptions and funding. These issues need to be addressed.
- 50:50 is campaigning on behalf of all women, including those from many minority groups or with disabilities who face discrimination on multiple levels.
50:50 Parliament are setting up an Ambassador Programme to raise awareness and inspire political participation on a cross-party non-partisan basis and to support people who might consider standing. For more information email Frances@5050Parliament.co.uk.
Solutions need to be found to tap the talent and experience of women and include them properly at Westminster. Nearly 100 years after women gained the right to vote it's time they had more seats in Parliament.
Sign now. Thanks.
Frances, Sadaf, Brian, Tina, Charlie and Nathalie
50:50 Parliament Team
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