British Council seminar 0571 Women and politics:equal opportunities; equal numbers?
|Event Date/Time: Nov 20, 2005||End Date/Time: Nov 25, 2005|
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.