Video: Successful women from government, corporate, and public life sectors have been meeting in the UK to discuss further ways and means for more empowerment for females across the globe.
New campaign kicks off with call for David Cameron to honour his pledge to make a third of government ministers women.
Counting Women In is the new campaign working to ensure women have a greater presence and voice in UK politics. Bringing together women’s organisations, academics and those that campaign for a better politics, the campaign will be working to change the UK’s political culture so it works for not against women.
Counting Women In today calls on the Prime Minister to honour his commitment to make a third of his ministers female by the end of his first term in parliament.
Nan Sloane, Director of the Centre for Women and Democracy said: “The UK lags behind more than 40 other countries for women’s representation in politics. Outside of Westminster, women make up only a third of local Councillors – and we face another 150 years of local government being essentially a man’s world.
Anna Bird, Acting Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society said: “Before the 2010 General Election, the Prime Minister – then Leader of the Opposition – pledged repeatedly to make a third of ministers in his first government women. But 18 months in and women make up just 5 of the 23 strong Cabinet. Decisions of national importance – whether to go to war, how to manage the deficit or what to teach in our schools – are being made with too few women around the table.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: “Men outnumber women 4 to 1 in Parliament. At the current rate of change, a child born today will be drawing her pension before she has an equal say in the government of her country. The views and experiences of one half of the country are not being heard.