77 % of MPs are men. Please debate and take action to get better gender balance in Parliament.
Right now there are only 148 women MPs in the House of Commons – that’s just 23% of the total. We are petitioning for debate around this issue. We would like party leaders from across the political spectrum to make a proper plan to address this under-representation. Changing the status quo is vital because representation shapes policy and policy affects women. Women are 51% of the population. We would like men and women, the best of both, in roughly equal numbers, forging legislation for the future, together.
We understand that this is a historic problem. Since 1918 there have only been 370 women MPs. Currently 502 men have seats in the House of Commons, so there are more men at Westminster right now than there have ever been women.
We know that things are changing. However, during the last three elections, on average, only 8 extra women gained seats each time. At this rate it will take over 100 years to get parity. That's too long to wait, we would like gender equality of representation in our lifetime.
Sixty eight countries have proportionally more women in their parliaments than the UK, this shows that it can be done. We only need 177 more female MPs from a population of 32 million women.
The All Party Parliamentary Group's report "Improving Parliament" published in July 2014 states: "All political parties are united in their belief that gender parity is critical to having a modern, aspirational and representative Parliament". Great words, clearly more action is needed!
So, join us in asking Parliament to sort this out, one way or another, sooner rather than later.
Nearly 100 years after women gained the right to vote let's aspire to a better, more gender balanced House of Commons.
Please sign, together we can make a difference.
Frances, Sadaf and Nathalie
50:50 Parliament Team
Please take a look at www.5050Parliament.co.uk - for information and to comment.
We need a more 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.