Amelia Womack welcomes proposals to increase representation of women in parliament

10 January 2017

Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack has welcomed a report by the Women’s and Equality Committee which has recommended new rules to ensure political parties strand enough women candidates in elections.

In 2015 The Green Party had the highest percentage of female candidates at 37.5% [1]. The party aims to for 50% of the candidates it stands to be women.

Seven of the Green Party’s nine representatives in the London Assembly, European Parliament, House of Lords and leadership are women.

At the last General Election the Green Party:

• Reopened nominations if a woman didn't stand to allow more female candidates to come forward, and if a woman’s local seat already had candidates we encouraged them to run in places they had previously lived

• Created women (trans and non-binary) only training weekends where to overcome barriers as to why women don’t stand e.g. lacking experience, being a carer

The Green Party also ran a joint candidacy in 2015 to challenge the fact that many women would be unable to be a parliamentarian due to other commitments such as childcare. When this nomination was declined the party challenged this in the courts [2].

Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, said:

“In the Green Party, we have always taken gender equality seriously, this is reflected in our campaigns, leadership as well as our candidates during election periods.

“We know that we still have a long way to go to ensure we have gender balance among our candidates - but as a party are immensely proud of how we've already achieved better representation of women.”

Notes:

1.            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32378852

2.            https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/28/green-party-job-share-mp-high-court-rejected






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