Ongoing campaigns: Making our democracy fair and representative

9 February 2018

Our politicians go #HungryForDemocracy - 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the UK and our electoral system means many votes still do not count - while the campaign to increase the diversity of MPs by lifting the ban on job-shares continues


Speaking in the New Statesman Amelia Womack told us why she went #HungryForDemocracy in a 24 hour fast:

"Our electoral system is built on the out-of-date first past the post system, which in 2015 saw almost three-quarters of votes cast wasted. Proportional representation would make every vote count, and ensure the representation of parties in Parliament would match the number of votes they get. Proportional representation is a feminist issue, too.

"Under a proportional representation system we would have more women MPs, global research has shown. Harvard found that in "plurality/majority systems" like Westminster, women made up one in ten parliamentarians on average, compared to one in five in proportional representation systems...In a first past the post system, parties tend to run an incumbent male MP again, research by LSE has found. This means the system is locked into looking like the previous Parliament."

Amelia in Parliament Square going #HungryFor Democracy. Former Leader Natalie Bennett also joined the fast with Makes Votes Matter.

Meanwhile, the campaign to increase the number of women, carers and disabled people in the House of Commons by allowing them to job-share continues. In September 2017, Greens Sarah Cope and Clare Lorraine Phipps were asked to contribute to a pamphlet aimed to encourage MPs to take up the policy. This follows their 2015 legal challenge when their nomination to stand as a job-share for the General Election was rejected. 

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On International Women's Day 2018

1. Close Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre As women continue their hunger strike, Deputy Leader Amelia Womack was at the Home Office with protesters in solidarity.

2. Allow MPs to job-share Former Women’s Equality Spokesperson Sarah Cope and GPW Secretary Clare Lorraine Phipps were on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour talking about the campaign to increase diversity in our Parliament by allowing MPs to job-share.
Clare and Sarah at the BBC

3.Make misogyny a thing of the past Green Party Women are asking anyone who has worked in the third sector (now or in the past) to consider completing the Charityworks 'Sexism In The Third Sector' Survey on sexism and harassment. The research will help them understand the strengths and weaknesses of the sector, while ensuring it is open and safe for all people. Hear Green Party Women Membership Secretary RoseMary Warrington with others at the Home Office hand in of our petition to Make Misogyny a hate crime below.

4. Safeguarding reproductive rights Green Party Women are an official supporter of BPAS' 'Back Off' campaign. If you have been affected, in any way, by anti-abortion activity outside a clinic and would like to contribute to a survey of experiences you can do so here

5.Celebrating 100 years since the UK’s first women voted While Caroline Lucas MP popped into a very special broom cupboard, Amelia and Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley MP, as well as Molly Scott Cato MEP and former Leader Natalie Bennett went #HungryforDemocracy. We also remembered those women who didn’t gain equal voting rights until a decade later, as well as the women of colour, disabled and queer women whose achievements in gaining women’s suffrage have been underappreciated.

Caroline in Emily Wilding Davison Broom Cupboard