Resources

There are many people are organisations in the UK working towards the goal of increasing the number of women in parliament, councils and other elected bodies. Here are a few. If you would like to know how to actually join a party, go to the Political Parties section. 


  Women 50:50 is the Scottish camapign for gender balance in Scottish Politics. The campaign was officially launched by Kezia Dugdale (Lothians MSP for Scottish Labour) and Alison Johnstone (Lothians MSP for the Scottish Green Party) in September 2014 and has been founded by life long feminist campaigners.  Key supporters of Women 5050 include - The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Jackie Baillie MSP (Scottish Labour MSP for Dumbarton), Marco Biagi (SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central), Jean Urquhart (Independent MSP for Highland and Islands) and Alison McInnes (Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland).

 

Women 50:50 is the Scottish camapign for gender balance in Scottish Politics. The campaign was officially launched by Kezia Dugdale (Lothians MSP for Scottish Labour) and Alison Johnstone (Lothians MSP for the Scottish Green Party) in September 2014 and has been founded by life long feminist campaigners. 

Key supporters of Women 5050 include - The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Jackie Baillie MSP (Scottish Labour MSP for Dumbarton), Marco Biagi (SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central), Jean Urquhart (Independent MSP for Highland and Islands) and Alison McInnes (Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland).

50:50 Parliament is a cross party campaign and petition to get a gender balanced parliament. 50:50 Parliament have recently launched the #AskHerToStand campaign, which we are delighted to contribute to. You can sign the petition here. 

50:50 Parliament is a cross party campaign and petition to get a gender balanced parliament. 50:50 Parliament have recently launched the #AskHerToStand campaign, which we are delighted to contribute to. You can sign the petition here

A 2016 report from Prof Sarah Childs on what a Good Parliament would look like, including gender equality. Download

A 2016 report from Prof Sarah Childs on what a Good Parliament would look like, including gender equality. Download

Parliament and Women provides information on the history of women's representation in the UK as well as outlining how you can get more involved. 

Parliament and Women provides information on the history of women's representation in the UK as well as outlining how you can get more involved. 

Be a Councillor is a useful website that shows how you can become a local councillor in your area. It talks you through how it works and who you should contact.   

Be a Councillor is a useful website that shows how you can become a local councillor in your area. It talks you through how it works and who you should contact. 

 

CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND DEMOCRACY The Centre for Women & Democracy believes that women are under-represented at all levels of public life and public decision-making and works to change this.  Based in the north of England, CFWD commission, carry out and publish research and reports on women in public life, both in the UK and around the world (see Publications & Reports and Fact Sheets); Run workshops to inform women about, and encourage them to become involved in, public decision-making; Prepare and submit evidence and other papers to consultations and inquiries carried out by parliament, government, political parties and other bodies   

CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND DEMOCRACY

The Centre for Women & Democracy believes that women are under-represented at all levels of public life and public decision-making and works to change this. 

Based in the north of England, CFWD commission, carry out and publish research and reports on women in public life, both in the UK and around the world (see Publications & Reports and Fact Sheets); Run workshops to inform women about, and encourage them to become involved in, public decision-making; Prepare and submit evidence and other papers to consultations and inquiries carried out by parliament, government, political parties and other bodies 

 

ENGENDER (SCOTLAND) Women’s inequality cuts across almost every area of human experience. As Scotland’s general feminist organisation, that means our work is very wide ranging. The causes of women’s inequality and complicated and interlinked. This means that it is not always easy to categorise all of the differences pieces of work that we do, but it can be clustered under three broad headings. You can find out more detail about specific pieces of work on our blog, by reading our publications, or by checking out our projects. Women’s political equality Women’s representation at the table changes the discussion, and so we want to see more women in parliament, in council chambers, and in policy spaces. We want to see women on conference panels, giving speeches, and offering opinion and analysis in the media and on news programmes.

ENGENDER (SCOTLAND)

Women’s inequality cuts across almost every area of human experience. As Scotland’s general feminist organisation, that means our work is very wide ranging. The causes of women’s inequality and complicated and interlinked. This means that it is not always easy to categorise all of the differences pieces of work that we do, but it can be clustered under three broad headings. You can find out more detail about specific pieces of work on our blog, by reading our publications, or by checking out our projects.

Women’s political equality

Women’s representation at the table changes the discussion, and so we want to see more women in parliament, in council chambers, and in policy spaces. We want to see women on conference panels, giving speeches, and offering opinion and analysis in the media and on news programmes.