April 21, 2016
Contact: Young Fabians

Ria Bernard sets out her guide to better representation of women

Young Fabian Vice-Chair, Ria Bernard who is leading the YF Women in Leadership Series set out her guide to better representation of women in Labourlist grassroots online blog.

Young Fabian Vice-Chair, Ria Bernard who is leading the YF Women in Leadership Series set out her guide to better representation of women in Labourlist grassroots online blog.

She argued that:

Women’s representation in politics is poor, with a celebrated although shockingly low 29 per cent of female MPs sitting in Parliament. The Labour Party has put in place measures to facilitate improved female representation in Parliament, such as all-women shortlists. With a 50:50 shadow cabinet and a Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) comprising 43 per cent female MPs, the Labour Party is seemingly heading in the right direction towards gender equality in Westminster.

She emphasised the importance of men playing a role in helping to achive better gender balance in wider society. Arguing that 

we should be focusing on how we change the culture of society. We should be acknowledging the fact that children are created by women and men, a joint venture that should result in joint responsibility.

To read all of Ria Bernard's article click here

The Women in Leadership Series is underway, and the next event is the next event will be exploring the barriers to the Bar faced by women in the legal profession. 

The Young Fabians in collaboration with the YF Law Network will be hosting some incredible speakers from across the legal profession, seeking to explore issues such as differences in gender representation in different areas of law; why gender parity differs between barristers and solicitors; and how we break down the barriers to women reaching the Bar.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers including:

Sara Ibrahim – Barrister specialising in employment law and equalities issues. Sara is also a former Young Fabian Chair. 

Charlotte Proudman – Barrister specialising in family law and an advocate for women’s rights. Charlotte is also a media commentator on progressive social issues.

Charlotte Thomas - Barrister specialising in commercial law and public law. Charlotte is also conducting a research report into gender representation at the Bar.

Rebecca Meredith - Barrister in Commerial Chancery law and Chair of the Young Fabians Law Network.

The Women in Leaderhsip events are open to all Young Fabian members both womena and men, to RSVP for the event click here.


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