Open house: where next for gender equality in Parliament? (UK)

Photo of the inside of the UK House of Commons showing 8 rows of empty green leather bench seats and dark wood panelling on the walls
Global Institute for Women’s Leadership & Fawcett Society, September 2023

Efforts to improve gender equality in the UK Parliament have made too little progress according to this report, which highlights the extent to which proposed reforms have not been implemented.

Open house: where next for gender equality in Parliament? is an audit of a decade’s worth of reports into gender equality in the UK Parliament. It shows that of the 36 groups of recommendations made since 2014, just four have been fully addressed.

With many recommendations relevant to the Australian context, this report is a comprehensive guide to the changes needed to ensure that women are accommodated and supported in Parliament.

Changing the people who are elected is only one part of the solution. Report after report has set out that only by reforming our democratic institutions themselves will we get lasting change.

– Rt Hon Dame Maria Miller MP for Basingstoke, Chair of the Women in Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group, UK

This report was researched and written by Dr Minna CowperColes of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, and Alex Shepherd and Zainab Asunramu of the Fawcett Society


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