British Council seminar 0571 Women and politics:equal opportunities; equal numbers?

Venue: Cardiff

Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Nov 20, 2005 End Date/Time: Nov 25, 2005
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Ten years on from the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing the target of 30% for women’s political participation has still not been achieved. Only 15.7% of the world’s parliamentarians are women. Why are there still so few women in parliaments? Are quotas the only way to guarantee equal representation for women? How effective can women be when they are still in the minority in parliaments and how can women be supported and encouraged when they are elected?

This seminar will bring together politicians, activists and academics to look at mainstreaming gender into political life, compare international experiences of positive action measures and discuss how women politicians can work effectively to deliver policy and practice which addresses the needs of women as well as men.

Main topics include:
• Promoting the participation of women in political life
• Quota mechanisms (and the backlash against quotas)
• Mainstreaming gender in the political forum
• Role of parliamentary cross-party groups
• Building partnerships and alliances
• Media and promoting more positive images of women in the political arena

The Welsh Assembly has been at the forefront of change in the male dominated arena of politics and now has not only equal numbers of men and women in the Assembly but a cabinet comprising more women than men. Members from the All-Party Women and Democracy Group in the National Assembly will be in attendance at sessions throughout the week and will be bringing their own reflections and experiences of the process and the changes they feel they are making as women to the world of politics.

Event Director Mary-Ann Stephenson is an experienced campaigner and lobbyist on women's issues. Currently working as a freelance consultant specialising in gender and women’s political participation she has worked in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East with women politicians, civil society and journalists. Contributors include Christine Chapman AM, Chair, All-Party Women and Democracy Group, National Assembly for Wales, Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury and Val Price, Labour Women’s Network.


Additional Information

For further details please contact Julia Winborn at Tel: 01865 302713 Fax: 01865 516590 or see for fee information and draft programme