In just a few weeks we will be voting on whether on not we want to reform our current electoral system with a view to making politics fairer.
Throughout the debate however, despite an apparent desire among many people to move towards a more proportionately representative Parliament, little mention has been given to the issue of diversity.
We’ve had the vote for over 100 years now and still only one in five MPs are women. Women hold only four of the 23 coliation cabinet positions.
Why is this? Is it a fundamental flaw in our political system, or simply a reflection of women’s interest in politics? If Sweden can manage 47% women, you have to question the system don’t you? How can we possibly achieve equality when are views and experiences are not be represented at the highest levels?
The Fawcett Society, the UKs leading campaigning organisation for equality between men and women, are currently lobbying government to highlight the importance of improving diversity as part of any sort of real reform. Please read about their ‘Women in Politics’ campaign and support them in any way you can.