WOMEN IN POWER AND POLITICS
Wednesday 26th May, 6-8pm
Council Chamber, Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Ave, Cathays Park (map)
(Leader, Welsh Liberal Democrats)
(Labour Assembly Member, Cynon Valley;
Chair of the Women & Democracy group in the Assembly)
(Director, Wales Women’s National Coalition, the umbrella group representing over 50 women’s organisations in Wales,
which will close in June due to lack of funding – read more here)
In all the talk of ‘change’, ‘representation’ and ‘fairness’ in the run-up to the General Election, female representation in Westminster rose just 2.5% – women now make up 22% of all MPs, with just 4 women in Cabinet. In Wales we lost 2 female MPs, bringing our total down to just 7 (or 17.5%). Only 12 women MPs have ever been elected in Wales since women gained the right to vote in 1918.
The National Assembly for Wales became a world leader for women’s representation in their 2003 election, where 50% of Assembly Members returned were female. Having a high proportion of women in politics has an effect on the way politics is done and the policy issues prioritised. And yet none of the Welsh parties have plans to move towards or reinstate positive discrimination in the Assembly elections next year – which is likely to lead to a marked decrease in women AMs.
In the mean time, Wales’s only umbrella group for women’s organisations, Wales Women’s National Coalition – who represent women’s interests to the Assembly, the UK Government, in Europe and internationally – will no longer receive funding from the Assembly Government and will close in June. There are currently no arrangements for any organisation to take their place.
Come and join Cardiff Feminist Network for an event about women in politics and power.
Speakers and opportunities for informal group discussions on a range of subjects!
- The event is free but you must RSVP – the room can only hold 40 people.
- Email Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm attendance.
- Please turn up promptly; doors will be closed at 6.15pm.
Much of the above is paraphrased from an excellent blog post by Kirsty Davies, deputy director of the Institute for Welsh Affairs.