It's times to Party! If we want to see more women in Parliament, we need to funk up the power!
Prior to the televised Leaders debate last Thursday, not much has changed since the last elections, we have recently seen politicians preparing for the election being interviewed in the kitchens, which only counts for progress for political PR. Thursday night's debate was the first time we saw three women leaders on the line up debate for General Election 2015. We should be celebrating this progress. David Cameron said he won't take part in the TV election debates if the Greens were not included in one of the line-ups. Should we be thanking his team for this turnaround of success of getting three women involved in the debate?
9.1 million women didn't vote at the 2010 election. There are 32 million women in the UK, 51% of the population. We know there are currently 148 MPs, out of 650 members, out of those only six Asian! We saw some great role models articulate in their presentation, will it encourage more women to vote? Has the Leaders debate sparked up the burnt out debate on those women who may not be engaging or planning to vote in the fourth coming elections? For some argue we saw three women, four men and all White in ethnicity. We saw a glimpse of gender quality in our candidates, a future Parliament that will reflect some of our society. The more women we see in these kind of debates, the more powerful the push for the politic parties to place on the agenda for change. All parties need to do a lot more outreach to women right across this country. Women need to take a role in public life, participate in debates and make a difference to the future of our country. This debate has been a pivotal platform to get us talking about issues that affect our lives. Britain is known for its strength in diversity, so the next step is to get more diverse candidates involved and elected to those positions.
We should ask for nothing less than parity in representation, and push to achieve that goal in one generation, not half a millennium. Unless we hear a range of voices with their contribution of ideas, because that makes women's policy-making and decision-making better.
We still have a long way to go and we need to progress forward. So push for policies and ideas to be placed at the table, for future elections. More importantly get everyone you know in your network that has not previous voted to get out there on polling day. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 20 April 2015. https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote