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 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland's first female Muslim MSP Kaukab Stewart PA
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Scottish election 2021: Record number of women elected
A record number of women have been elected to the Scottish Parliament, with 58 female MSPs winning seats in the Holyrood election. Women now represent 45% of Scotland's 129 MSPs. The SNP's Kaukab Stewart of the SNP and Conservative Pam Gosal also...
 Natasha Asghar said she hopes to see people from more diverse backgrounds in Welsh politics.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Welsh election 2021: First woman of colour elected to Welsh Parliament
The first woman of colour elected to the Welsh Parliament said she wants to inspire and be "a voice" for those who have faced barriers entering politics. Conservative MS Natasha Asghar said the Senedd is "very outdated" and should reflect "more...
Labour’s Pam Duncan-Glancy, the first permanent wheelchair user to be elected to the Scottish parliament. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Scotland will benefit from its newly diverse parliament
Holyrood feels rejuvenated with MSPs that more accurately reflect the country’s multiculturalism There have been times in the past year when Scotland has felt like a dark and retrogressive place. Alex Salmond’s acquittal on sexual assault charges ...
Ms Craig said the scale of the problem was such that it was not practicable that the new commission would be able to deal with all individual complaints. Photograph: iStock
Friday, May 07, 2021
Online targeting of women politicians and journalists a ‘real concern’ – BAI
Oireachtas committee hears of abuse encountered by public figures online The online targeting of women politicians and women journalists is a matter of “real concern”, the deputy chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has...
The Fawcett Society said: ‘Without concerted effort we simply won’t see gender equality and women will continue to be an unheard majority.’ Photograph: Paul Warburton/Alamy
Friday, May 07, 2021
Concern as just a third of candidates in English local elections are women
Fawcett Society says more needs to be done to encourage women into politics More needs to be done to encourage women into politics, the UK’s leading charity for gender equality has said, as data reveals that just one-third of candidates in this week...
Will we see more women, more Coloured, more disabled people on the Holyrood benches after the 6 May election? REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Could the new Scottish Parliament turn out to be the most diverse ever?
Since its creation in 1999, the Scottish Parliament has provided a forum to address issues like health, education and the environment, which directly affect the nation. However, as far as representation goes, there is room for improvement. Things...
GETTY IMAGES Women MSPs marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed women to vote for the first time.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Scottish election 2021: Will there be a record number of female MSPs?
Scottish voters go to the polls to elect a new crop of MSPs on 6 May, with parties under more pressure than ever to correct the imbalances in the gender and diversity of their representatives. Could we be on course for the largest contingent of...
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
No 10's Covid press briefings led exclusively by men for past six months
Downing Street has not used a female minister to lead its coronavirus press conference for more than six months, a tally by the Guardian has found, prompting accusations that Boris Johnson does not value the women in his team. It has also emerged...
Thursday, October 01, 2020
How Diane Abbott fought racism – and her own party – to become Britain’s first black female MP
The 1987 election campaign was the first time the Labour party had fielded so many black and Asian candidates. Yet Diane Abbott got the impression that “the national party thought we were an embarrassment”. Certainly, “they offered no support of any...
Monday, September 28, 2020
Attitudes towards women’s political participation in Solomon Islands
A total of 26 women stood as candidates at the 2019 Solomon Islands national general election and, for the first time since independence, two women won seats in the national parliament. While this could be perceived as a positive development, it is...
Monday, August 31, 2020
We are horribly sexist to female politicians. Google data proves it
New data on Google searches lays bare the obstacles female politicians face in trying to connect with an electorate, especially if they’re becoming well-known for the first time. Search data gathered during four weeks of the 2019 general election...
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
SNP to launch project aiming to get more Scots women into politics
THE SNP will tomorrow unveil a new project aimed at combating the gender balance in Scotland’s politics. Writing exclusively in The National, the party’s national women's convenor, Rhiannon Spear, says: “Women make up over half of the population in...
Monday, August 10, 2020
Women political leaders key to 'more equal and caring societies'
When women take part in politics, the whole of society benefits. That is the main finding of a new report from Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London. The report comes as many...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
UK: The government’s botched response to Covid-19 will set women back decades—and shows the need for more female leaders
By Zainab Asunramu, From growing cases of domestic abuse to rising job insecurity, women have borne the brunt of Covid-19’s many ravages. But there has been a dearth of women at the government’s daily Covid-19 briefings. The lack of expertise...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
'It's not a joking matter': Boris Johnson reprimanded over lack of women in government during COVID-19 crisis
Boris Johnson has been reprimanded after laughing when he was asked about a lack of female decision makers in the government’s coronavirus response. Appearing before the House of Commons liaison committee, the prime minister was told by chair Sir...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Women in politics face 'daily' abuse on social media
Women in politics have spoken of their experiences of dealing with sexism and hatred on social media while voicing their political opinions. Gender equality charity Chwarae Teg said it feared a growing number of women were being put off standing for...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
UK: The new virtual parliament could make the 50/50 gender split a reality
The new virtual parliament, which started this week, could have unintended positive consequences for achieving gender equality in politics. Parliament was created by men, for men. The procedures, the structure, the culture – all created without a...
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
UK names first woman US ambassador
The government has named Dame Karen Pierce as the new ambassador to the US. Dame Karen - who is currently the UK's permanent representative to the United Nations - will become the first woman in the post. She replaces Sir Kim Darroch, who resigned...

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