Whilst sexism and the lack of women in Westminster is increasingly a hot topic, these same issues are still too often ignored when it comes to local government.
Last month Fawcett ran a high-profile campaign to coincide with the local elections that took place across many parts of the country. As part of this campaign we:
Released a new report Sexism and Local GovernmentRan a social media campaign #Vote4Equality to directly engage our supportersSecured a swathe of media coverage on the issue – including in the Sunday Times, The Argus, The Guardian, The Yorkshire Post and The Belfast Telegraph. We also appeared on LBC and Woman’s Hour talking about our findings.
What’s the problem?
Our research found numerous examples, across the country and from a range of parties, of male councillors making sexist, offensive and derogatory remarks about both women generally and their female colleagues.
We also found examples of female councillors standing down due to sexist and bullying behaviour.
When only 32% of councillors are women, it seems clear that sexism of the kind is putting women off local politics. This is bad for our democracy, and means very important decisions are being made with too few women around the table
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