50:50 Parliament is a cross party campaign for good gender balance in Parliament. Right now men outnumber women by more than 2:1 in the Commons. Of the 650 seats men hold 459 (71%) and women 191 (29%), so there are 268 more male MPs. Westminster is missing a key component, the equal representation of the views, skills and experience of women.
Our vision is a Parliament where men and women legislate the laws of our land together in roughly equal numbers. The effects would ripple across society.
Good gender balance is better for everyone. At the current rate it will take another half century to achieve equality. If you want Party leaders from across the political spectrum to examine this problem and sort it out, one way or another, then sign our petition. The letter says:
"Dear Mr.Cameron and all Party Leaders,
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, like life."
- The 32 million UK women make up 51% of the population. They have many merits and are a diverse pool of talent from which the additional MPs can emerge. Changing the status quo is vital because representation shapes policy and policy affects everyone, including women.
- This is a historic problem, inspite of women having the vote since 1918 there have only been 451 women MPs. So there are more men in Parliament right now than there have ever been women. In that time women have held only 7% of the seats.
- Many reasons are given for the lack of women MPs including: Parliamentary culture, environment, working conditions, funding, media intrusion, perceptions, incumbency, family life and caring responsibilities. But our world is changing and it is essential that women can participate equally in crafting policies and legislation for the future.
50:50 has wide support not only from women but from all genders. Ben Bradshaw was the first of many MPs, from all parties, to demonstrate support by being photographed in the 50:50 t-shirt. See more details and photos on www.5050Parliament.co.uk.
If you believe that the views and life experience of men and women are equally important and that they should forge the future together then please join us.
Nearly 100 years after the Suffragettes fought long and hard for women to have the right to vote it's time to aim for a 50:50 Parliament.
Help make history happen. Sign now. Thanks.
Frances, Sadaf and Nathalie
50:50 Parliament Team
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, like life.