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Friday, March 02, 2018
Nicola Sturgeon shocked by Holyrood survey on sexism and abuse
Nicola Sturgeon has reacted with disappointment to a survey that found that one in five Holyrood staff and one in three women had experienced sexual harassment or sexist behaviour while working in the Scottish parliament. Of those who reported...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Five reforms still needed to ensure women are fairly represented in politics
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was undoubtedly a significant step forward for women’s rights and democracy. It gave the to vote to around 8.5million women previously disenfranchised and abolished almost all property restrictions on men....
Monday, January 08, 2018
Women in politics: Invitation to shadow Welsh Assembly member
Young women are being given the chance to shadow an assembly member for the day in an effort to boost female participation in politics. The February event includes a Senedd tour, a question and answer session and a debate about the role of women....
Monday, January 08, 2018
MPs say plans to tackle Westminster sex assault claims ‘too vague’
Campaigners warn it could be months before proposals are finalised, which could leave party whips with too much power. Proposals to tackle sexual harassment and assault in Westminster have been criticised by campaigners and MPs for being “too vague...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Unsocial Media: Tracking Twitter Abuse against Women MPs
By Azmina Dhrodia, Researcher, Technology and Human Rights  “I’ve had death threats, I’ve had people tweeting that I should be hung if ‘they could find a tree big enough to take the fat bitch’s weight’… I’ve had rape threats…and n*gger, over and...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Proposals to increase number of female MPs in Commons rejected
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Rising violence against women in politics threatens democracy itself
Violence against female politicians – and the threat of it – is becoming much more common, and not only in Britain. Mona Lena Krook looks at how social media has opened up new channels for harassment, what distinguishes misogynistic attacks, and how...
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Political parties have a responsibility on gender representation
By Charlotte Snelling, IPPR Research Fellow If you find yourself in a conversation about “the 2017 election”, there’s a strong likelihood you’ll be about to dissect the results of June’s general election, debating the merits of May versus Corbyn as...
Friday, August 25, 2017
Fresh call for gender equality in local politics in York
Politicians in York have added their voices to calls for better gender representation in local government, after newly-published research about the imbalance. The IPPR North report, published on Monday, highlighted gender imbalance in local...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Power to the people? Tackling the gender imbalance in combined authorities and local government
A new generation of young women is ready and willing to participate in politics. The UK general election in June 2017 saw a rise in voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-old women, with participation up from 44 to 53 per cent compared with the 2015...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Old boys’ club puts women off politics
An old boys’ network in local political parties is deterring women from standing as councillors, a report has said. Only one in three local councillors and one in seven council leaders are women. The gender imbalance has worsened after recent...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
‘We don’t have bodyguards, we are completely vulnerable’: female MPs on the fears they face
Paula Sherriff tries her best not to be paranoid, or let it get in the way of her work as an MP. But, ever since her friend and colleague Jo Cox was murdered in the street a few miles from where Sherriff lives, she has found threats of violence...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
How to succeed as a woman in politics: Advice by British member of Parliament Rushanara Ali
Be confident and don't succumb to "imposter syndrome". Bangladeshi-born British member of Parliament Rushanara Ali offered her advice on International Women's Day 2017 to The Economist. 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Female MPs urge May to review Brexit team's gender balance
Brexit will affect whole population yet there is only one woman in the core negotiating team, Labour MPs say. Theresa May has been urged to review the gender balance of the government’s EU negotiating team in a letter signed by 56 female Labour MPs...
Friday, July 07, 2017
Labour's female MPs vow to use Commons strength to improve lives of women
Party’s 119 women to operate as a parliamentary bloc to press minority Conservative government in variety of policy areas Labour’s female MPs are planning to operate as a parliamentary bloc to force Theresa May’s minority government to pass policies...
Friday, June 09, 2017
Record number of female MPs win seats in 2017 general election
More than 200 women have been elected to House of Commons, beating previous high of 196 over last parliament. There will be a record number of female MPs in the House of Commons after at least 207 women were elected in Thursday’s general election....
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
General election 2017: Chance of more women MPs in Wales?
Historically, snap elections are bad news for women's representation - so are we likely to see more female MPs from Wales at Westminster after 8 June? Diana Stirbu, Jac Larner and Laura McAllister of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Online trolling putting women off politics, a union has warned
Abuse targeted at politicians on social media is putting some women off standing for public office, a union has warned. Sexist comments and insults have become too common for people trying to serve their community, Unison Wales said. Labour's...