Women in Politics Webinar - 1 June 2022
On June 1, West Berkshire Council will be hosting a webinar, Women in Politics, which will look at why we need more women in local politics representing their communities and helping shape West Berkshire's future.
The event will feature women who represent their communities, from parish councils to the current Leader of West Berkshire Council.
We will discuss their journeys, why they made those choices, and what they would suggest to women thinking about taking this step.
The webinar is open to all and you can register in advance:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
We will take your questions during the event; you can also submit them before the event for the panellist to answer.
According to the 2011 Census, women and girls made up 51% of the population of England and Wales, and men and boys made up 49%. However, in the 2019 local government elections, women made up just 35% of councillors across England, with women outnumbered three-to-one on 12% of councils, including West Berkshire.
Based on engagement within the district, we know that there is a desire for change, and women want to be more involved in their communities and make a positive change now and for future generations.
Following conversations within the Council, both with councillors and officers (officers are staff who work for the council permanently), we need to support and encourage women to get into politics by cutting through the smoke and mirrors that can surround all forms of Government.
At our events, we hope that we will be able to answer as many of your questions as possible.
However, we know that many of these should be simple and easy to find out, so we've listed on our FAQ page some of the questions we feel everyone should have the answers to!
Last year Lynne Doherty, the Leader of the Council, shared a post on 'Encouraging women into local politics'; you can read that here.