The Counting Women In campaign, made up of CFWD, the Fawcett Society, the Hansard Society, and the Electoral Reform Society, has today issued the following press statement on proposed reform to the House of Lords.
Anna Bird, Acting Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, speaking on behalf of the coalition said:
“The House of Lords, in keeping with the House of Commons and most other democratic bodies in the UK, is a place where women are in the minority. Decisions of national importance, that affect every single person in the UK, are made in a chamber where men outnumber women 4 to 1.
“The lack of women in Westminster undermines the legitimacy of the decisions made there, but reform offers a rare opportunity to ensure a more representative Lords, and so more credible parliament.”
Nan Sloane, Director of the Centre for Women and Democracy, speaking on behalf of the coalition said:
“It’s vital that the final bill includes detailed and effective plans to ensure women have a greater presence and voice in the second chamber.
“Over the coming months, the Counting Women In campaign will be making recommendations as to what these should be. We believe the lack of women in politics represents a democratic deficit that must urgently be addressed.”
The Fawcett Society, the Hansard Society, the Electoral Reform Society and the Centre for Women and Democracy have joined together to form the Counting Women In campaign to address the lack of women in politics. We believe the under representation of women in Westminster, the devolved assemblies, and town halls around the UK represents a democratic deficit that undermines the legitimacy of decisions made in these chambers. Together, we will be fighting to ensure women have an equal presence and voice within our democratic system.
For more information, please contact:
Charlie Woodworth at the Fawcett Society on 020 7253 2598 / 07767 297 812,
Or Nan Sloane at the Centre for Women and Democracy 0113 234 6500