Frances Scott and the 50:50 Parliament Team
50:50 Parliament want an inclusive, accessible and gender balanced Parliament. Join us!
At Westminster, in the corridors of power, men outnumber women by more than 2:1 in the Commons and 3:1 in the Lords. After the 2017 general election only around 208 of our 650 MPs are women, 442 (68%) are men. 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. Let's build a better democracy together. 50:50 want an, inclusive, modern and gender balanced Parliament. It would lead to more responsive and informed decision making so everyone would benefit. This petition is asking those in power for solutions. 50:50Parliament also aim to inspire, support and encourage political participation with our #AskHerToStand campaign. All political parties agree that a gender balanced Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women would be better, see this video clip here! So, 50:50 want action, as the old Suffragette saying goes: "Deeds not words!". Sign to show that you share our aspiration for an accessible 50:50 Parliament, because what get's measured gets managed! This is what our letter says: "Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, 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." People from across the UK have signed. The more signatures on the 50:50 Parliament Petition, the more Parliament will listen. So make a difference and SIGN NOW! 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. This is about Human Rights. In 1948 the Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed the equal rights of men and women. Parliament is the place to start. 50:50 are writing to all the party leaders and Parliament because they have the power to sort this out. Over 40 countries have better gender balanced Parliaments than the UK so it is possible. The UK should be a world leader. "This is a non-partisan issue, concerning the quality of governance and nature of democracy". 50:50 want all women to have an equal say concerning reproductive rights, parenting policy, equal pay, maternity care and violence against women for more informed policy making. 50:50 want all women to have an equal say in formulating economic policy, health care, welfare, defense strategy, foreign affairs, the environment, transport, education and all issues because these decisions affect them as much as anyone else. As Prof Ngaire Woods from Oxford University says "We know that when women are in parliament…it builds more resilient, responsive, better informed institutions.” Diversity leads to better decision making. Evidence suggests that men can represent women but they tend to do so better when there are more women in the room. Parliament should be leading the way, spearheading the changes required, for gender equality and respect for women. Nearly 100 years after women won the right to vote it's time to right this historic wrong, women need an equal say. 50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign. 50:50 run an Ambassador Programme to inspire interest and engagement with politics and have launched the #AskHerToStand campaign to encourage and support women in standing as MPs. Only 325 women MPs are needed for a #5050Parliament 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. If you know a woman who would make a good MP #AskHerToStand. 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. Sign for #5050Parliament. Add your voice and make a comment! Join us in asking for this pressing democratic issue to be sorted out. 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: 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