Today sees the launch of “Sex and Power 2014: Who runs Britain?” which shows just how little progress has been made on gender equality in the UK’s political institutions and suggests what the UK’s governments, parliaments, political parties and media should do about it.
Among the report’s key findings is that the House of Commons has slipped from 59th (in early 2010) to 65th (today) in the world ranking of parliaments for gender equality.
Just 22.7% of our MPs are women. And whilst the figure for some of the devolved parliaments is better – 41.7% of Welsh Assembly members are women, for example – the situation amongst political journalists is even worse. Over 91% of print and broadcast political editors are male.
Today’s report makes six recommendations for what must happen to change this situation. It was written by Counting Women In, a coalition of organisations including the Electoral Reform Society, the Centre for Women & Democracy, the Fawcett Society, the Hansard Society and Unlock Democracy.
Read the report (pdf)
Visit the Electoral Reform Society website
A weekly 5 a side kickabout for MPs and staff is looking for new players of all ages and abilities. Men and women players welcome. Established in 1997, the ethos is fun and fair – we’re competitive but never dirty! Games are from 9 to 10am on Tuesdays, at Queen Mother Leisure Centre, Victoria. £5 a game (£3 for unwaged, eg interns, students), plus 90p entry for the leisure centre. Call or email Mark Allison to go on mailing list. 07980 559501 or email@example.com. It’s the best way to start your day!
The New Statesman, in association with the Webb Memorial Trust has announced the 2014 Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition for young people aged between 18 and 25.
This year’s question is: How can business reduce poverty?
For further information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1w8rkhZ
“Parliament Clock Westminster” by Aldaron — Aldaron, a.k.a. Aldaron – Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parliament_Clock_Westminster.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Parliament_Clock_Westminster.jpg
Technicians will be cleaning and maintaining the Great Clock during the week of 18 August, and will be pausing the clock’s hands, so don’t rely on a quick glance out of the window to tell you if you’re on time for that important meeting! Apparently the chimes will continue, as we’re advised that the technicians – some of whom will be asbseiling down to clean the clock faces – have been issued with ear defenders.
More on the Parliament website
You may be interested in a special free online edition of Parliamentary Affairs, published by the Hansard Society in advance of the Scottish independence referendum. Parliamentary Affairs editors Professors Philip Cowley and Jonathan Tonge have brought together a series of articles from the archive, to form a special online ‘virtual’ edition that will be free until the end of November.
You can read it on the Parliamentary Affairs website.
If you know a student then you might like to tell them about an offer from Elevation Networks. They are recruiting 25 ‘student leaders’ for their Student Leadership Development Programme, which gives people the chance to create and run a social action project.
• A mentor in your preferred industry;
• Training and resources;
• Opportunity to apply for funding.
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On 23 and 24 September the Parliamentary Outreach Service will be delivering a 2 day training course as part of the ‘Training the Trainer’ programme at 14 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NB.
The programme is based around a training resource which has been designed so that organisations are able themselves to deliver training and information about Parliament and how people can engage effectively. It consists of the following 11 modules and each module includes a session plan, presentation and group exercises. The modules are designed so that they can be delivered either in sequence or stand alone.
- What is Democracy
- What is Parliament
- What is Government
- What is the House of Commons and the role of an MP
- What is the House of Lords and the role of a Lord
- How is a law made
- Local / National link
- How to engage effectively
- Select Committees
- The devolved assemblies
- The link between the European Parliament and the UK Parliament
If you would be interested in attending this training and please complete the Application Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org .Places on this course are awarded according to how delegates plan to use the resource after the training with particular reference to reach, scope and sustainability so it is recommended to include as much detail as possible in the application.
The deadline for the application form is 22 August. The course is completely free of charge but the organisers ask that organisations sign a user agreement whereby they provide us with regular feedback as to how they are using the resource.
Please visit the website for further information about the course and additional dates and locations: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/outreach-and-training/train-the-trainer/