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women

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

50:50 Parliament want a more gender balanced, representative Parliament. Join us!

In Parliament men outnumber women by more than 2:1, there are 208 women MPs and 442 men. Only 12 extra women were elected to Westminster after the 2017 general election, at this rate it will take 50 years to get a truly equal and representative Parliament. 50:50 aspire to a modern Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women. Our target is clear because what gets measured gets managed. This is a majority issue, 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.  If you agree then say so and SIGN.  Let's build a better and more representative democracy together! This is what our petition letter to the party leaders 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." Our petition is not prescribing the solutions but asking those with the power to take action. 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.  50:50 Parliament also aim to inspire, support and encourage political participation with our #AskHerToStand campaign. Let's get 117 more women to Westminster at the next election. If you know a woman who would make a good MP then ask her to stand, 50:50 is here to help, see http://www.5050parliament.co.uk/askhertostand/.  All political parties agree that a gender balanced Parliament would be better, see this video clip here, so SIGN to ask for action. For more information and to join 50:50 go to www.5050Parliament.co.uk. 50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign. 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. Only 325 women MPs are needed for a 50:50 Parliament 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.  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. Add your voice and make a comment on the 50:50 petition. Join us in asking for action concerning this pressing democratic issue. Thank you. Frances, Sadaf, Brian, Tina, Charlie and Nathalie #5050Parliament Team 50:50 Key Links: For more information see www.5050Parliament.co.uk 50:50 submission to Women & Equalities Select Committee Become a 50:50 Ambassador - fill in the form online Stand to become an MP! 50:50 want to support you see #AskHerToStand Like - facebook.com/5050Parliament Follow on Twitter - @5050Parliament See 50:50 Films  - 50:50 Parliament on YouTube Buy campaign merch at - 50:50 Parliament Shop 50:50 in the News: Parliament agrees there is a "serious democratic deficit" and #5050Parliament says "There are some great women out there, so let’s start asking them to stand" The Guardian The Guardian reports on launch of #5050Parliament #AskHerToStand campaign "Gender parity among MPs at risk of stalling, say women's groups" Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News supports #5050Parliament in The Telegraph 50:50 Parliament in Marie Claire #IWD2016 50:50 Parliament profiled in The Telegraph, 50:50 Parliament - Huffington Post, Evening Standard The Guardian 50:50 Parliament - Star on Parliamentary TV at Women & Equalities Committee Oral Evidence Session #StripTees 50:50 Key Blogs: Women our Parliament Still Needs You Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament! Family Friendly Parliament Tax on Tampons Is the Tip of the Iceberg Obama says Tampon Tax Is Because ‘Men Were Making the Laws’ Carey Mulligan Demonstrates Support for 50:50Parliament at the Premier of 'Suffragette' 50:50 Films: 50:50 Ambassadors Campaign Video Carey Mulligan supporting 50:50 Parliament at Suffragette Premier & Sisters Uncut Demo Paloma Faith Supporting 50:50 Parliament Gemma Arterton Supporting 50:50 Parliament MPs Supporting #5050Parliament Campaign #5050Parliament at Feminism in London 2015 #5050Parliament at WOW Festival 2015

Frances Scott and the 50:50 Parliament Team
52,051 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

Make MPs accountable for sexual harassment

The sexual assault and harassment allegations in Westminster have appalled us all. Theresa May has called for a culture of respect at Parliament and both she proposed a code of conduct and better complaints procedures. These are useful steps, but more can be done to hold politicians to account. As an employment lawyer, I've worked with women who have reported abuse in Westminster and seen politicians not held to account. For example, we worked with women who made sexual misconduct claims against Lord Rennard. The investigation in 2013 concluded that there was not enough evidence for disciplinary action and that Lord Rennard should reflect on his conduct, apologise, and consider changing his behaviour in the future. Lord Rennard did not even apologise. The Equality Act 2010 can be used to hold sexual predators to account in the workplace. Crown employees and Parliamentary staff can sue if they are sexually harassed by an MP. Most do not complain though and unpaid volunteers are not covered. Further, where a female MP is the victim of sexual harassment by a male MP, currently she cannot sue the MP predator. MPs and Lords are immune as "office holders" in a "political office".  That is one of the key reasons why sexual harassment is so prominent at Westminster. It is why I'm calling to remove the exemption. Other officer-holders like civil servants, police officers, and Parliamentary staff can be held accountable under the Equality Act. By making the exemption, politicians legislated that their own harassing conduct against female MPs could not be challenged - the male MPs made themselves unaccountable under the Act. Please sign my petition to make this happen and to empower (female) MPs who are the victims of sexual harassment by other MPs or Lords. Equally, it is wrong that male MPs who are sexually harassed are also unprotected.

Lawrence Davies
4,455 supporters