More women lawmakers needed in UK as numbers 'shockingly low'

By REUTERS
January 10, 2017 02:16

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

LONDON - The number of women parliamentarians in Britain is "shockingly low" and the government should set targets to achieve equal representation by 2030, British lawmakers said in a report on Tuesday.

Since the first woman MP was elected nearly 100 years ago, 455 females have become lawmakers - which is exactly how many men are in parliament today, the all-party Women and Equalities Committee said.

With only 30 percent of female members of parliament (MPs), Britain was ranked 48th for representation by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), together with Nepal.

"A global ranking of 48th is shockingly low. We must rise to the challenge of being a world leader on women's parliamentary representation," Committee Chair and Conservative MP Maria Miller said in a statement.

Rwanda had the highest ranking, with women representing 64 percent of its parliament, followed by Bolivia (53 percent), Cuba (49 percent) and Iceland (48 percent).

Females account for 23 percent of some 46,000 parliamentarians worldwide, the IPU, an international organisation of parliaments that works for the establishment of representative democracy worldwide, said.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 14, 2018
Roadside bomb in Yemen's Aden targets provincial governor's convoy

By REUTERS