UK: Councils 'behind the times' on female equality and will take 32 years to achieve gender balance, study says

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UK: Councils 'behind the times' on female equality and will take 32 years to achieve gender balance, study says

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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 up 34 per cent of those running in Thursdays' local elections, up just three percentage points on the last time the seats were contested in 2015.

The charity found if that pace of change is maintained, it will take more than 32 years and eight election cycles for the councils to achieve gender balance.

The proportion of female Labour candidates rose from 37 per cent in 2015 to 40 per cent this year, while the number of women candidates for the Conservative Party increased from 26 per cent to 30 per cent.

Click here to read the full article published by Independent on 2 May 2019.

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