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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Labour MP Gloria De Piero urges women to change parliament
Gloria De Piero, who is stepping down after nine years as a Labour MP, is urging women to “come into parliament and change it,” despite the proliferation of threats and abuse faced by many female MPs. One of 58 MPs who have announced that they will...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Women with a #MeToo complaint are being silenced for the sake of politics
By Gaby Hinsliff, Life moves fast in this general election. There seems barely time to digest one scandal before the next is upon us; disgraced candidate follows shady accusation without a break. But just occasionally, it’s worth rewinding for a...
Friday, November 08, 2019
There were never more women in UK Parliament. Now there's an exodus
A growing number of female British lawmakers have quit ahead of the UK general election, with some citing vicious abuse and intimidation as reasons for stepping down. In total, six female politicians have resigned since Monday because of the...
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
General election 2019 in UK: Who has selected the most women as candidates?
With another election on the horizon, parties are busy selecting their candidates for seats up and down the country. Most sides have made pledges to make their candidates more representative, including bringing more women into the race. However,...
Monday, November 04, 2019
Diane Abbott speaks out on online abuse as female MPs step down
Diane Abbott has spoken out about how she deals with online vitriol after a growing number of female MPs announced they would not be standing in the general election, with some citing the abuse they faced in public office. The shadow home secretary...
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Women MPs say abuse forcing them from politics
MPs have increasingly become the target of abuse - and some women politicians say they are bearing the brunt of it. Labour MP Rachel Reeves - who has written a history of women in Parliament - recalls how the first female MP to take up her seat,...
Friday, September 27, 2019
'Abuse is virtually constant': UK female MPs speak about the threats they face
Boris Johnson on Wednesday night sparked a tide of criticism by dismissing suggestions that his rhetoric was dangerous in the current climate and claiming the best way to honour the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox was to “get Brexit done”. The Guardian...
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
How women always mattered in politics – but not everyone noticed
Join the Global Institute for Women's Leadership on Thursday 3 October for an event on the pivotal role women have played throughout the history of British politics. Director Professor Rosie Campbell, will be joined by Cathy Newman, journalist at...
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Trolled online, women in politics fight to hold big tech accountable in the U.K.
Lisa Cameron is a member of the British Parliament. She's also a victim, and survivor, of online trolls. Cameron was new to politics in 2015, when she was elected in East Kilbride, Scotland. She'd been a clinical psychologist, a wife, a mom, and a...
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Meet the European Parliament's youngest ever MEP
The new-look European Parliament includes the youngest person ever to sit as an MEP. Kira Peter-Hansen, from Denmark, is just 21 and was still studying at university when she was elected. She told BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night "even the interns...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
I’m pregnant and forced to choose between being an MP and a mum
By Stella Creasy, Labour MP Even when you’ve spent a lifetime fighting for equality, you can still be floored by the way discrimination manifests itself. I never thought parliament would tell me to choose between being an MP and being a mum. My...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Why is it so hard for Labour to find a woman to be leader?
By Suzanne Moore, On Sunday night, I may have watched some men in suits talking nonsense. I may have been in the pub. I may have fallen asleep because the Tory-leadership candidate who is actually going to win couldn’t be arsed to turn up. Such is...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Scottish Parliament campaign launched to get more women to becomes MSPs
A major Holyrood drive has been unveiled aimed at getting more women to become MSPs after numbers stalled in recent years. More than 400 women from across Scotland are to be invited to a day at the Scottish Parliament aimed at generating interest...
Friday, May 24, 2019
Theresa May announces she will resign on 7 June
Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close. Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been “the...
Friday, May 03, 2019
UK: Councils 'behind the times' on female equality and will take 32 years to achieve gender balance, study says
Councils are “behind the times” on women’s representation and will take over three decades to achieve gender balance at current rates, a prominent women’s rights organisation has warned. New data from the Fawcett Society shows female candidates make...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Barriers to Women Entering Parliament and Local Government in the United Kingdom
In January 2018, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) commissioned this rapid evidence review, the two broad aims of which were to identify: a) barriers to women’s participation in local and national government; and b) evidence of policies and...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
UK Parliament makes ‘steady progress’ on gender equality
The UK Gender Sensitive Parliament Audit, published today, finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament, but there are still too many barriers to women standing as MPs or putting...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
British women push for equality 100 years after first female MP's election
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A century after Britain’s first election in which women voted and stood for parliament, female activists called on Friday for further reform to achieve equality amid abuse and prejudice. Despite celebrations to...