of women and men, as our elected councillors and as our leaders, is an
important condition for effective democracy and good governance.
The following information has been sourced from the Local Government Association website, the Be a councillor website and from The Fawcett Society’s report ‘Re-thinking equality for post-crisis times: a focus on gender’.
‘A 2017 report - the result of a year-long study led by Fawcett in partnership with the Local Government Information Unit - asked ‘Does Local Government Work for Women?’. It found that since 1997 women’s representation on Councils has almost flat-lined; at the current rate of progress it will take 48 years to reach equality.’ (Page 5 in the Fawcett Society’s Report May 2020)
‘Research has shown that, as more women move into positions of influence and decision-making, women’s experiences and perspectives are more likely to be taken into account – for example in policy development, planning and resource allocation.’ (Page 5 in the Fawcett Society’s Report May 2020)
This means that overall democracy and decision-making are strengthened when councillors reflect the people they serve and represent.