Allow women to join, vote and engage in the Alcester Court Leet on equal terms as men

Allow women to join, vote and engage in the Alcester Court Leet on equal terms as men

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Becki Hemming started this petition to Marquess of Hertford, Henry (Harry) Jocelyn Seymour

The Alcester Court Leet is one of many across the country that upholds traditions, manages local events and controls charitable donations for the town. Only men are eligible to be Court Leet Officers, who are voted in by an all male group of jurors. Some of the Court Officers also gain reserved seats with local charities and trusts. This is not a private members club, but an organisation with power that affects town residents and local interest. However, in 2021 it still sees fit to exclude women from joining, or even speaking at public meetings.

Alcester residents supporting gender equality are angered and embarrassed by the Court Leet's failure to update its discriminatory procedures and believe your gender should not decide whether you have the right to engage in an organisation of power in your society.

Whilst the Alcester Court Leet remains in the dark ages, it is fast losing engagement and respect amongst residents supporting gender equality. This isn't a case of disrupting tradition, but rather updating it with relevance and inclusion to ensure its importance and respect for the future. Almost every other Court Leet in the country has found a way to thrive through inclusivity by involving men and women equally.

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