Alex Shepherd, Lizzie Ville, Catherine Marren, Amy Whitelock-Gibbs & Andrew Bazeley
This new report from Fawcett shows how an exclusionary culture both within Westminster and online is damaging our democracy, and risks pushing women out of politics altogether.
A House for Everyone: A Case for Modernising Parliament presents new survey data and interviews with current and former MPs on the issues that create this culture. The report identifies a number of ‘push and pull factors’ that impact MPs’ decisions to stay or leave Parliament, including lack of support systems, online abuse, sexism, racism and ableism.
Key findings include:
Fawcett believes that without urgent action these issues will further exacerbate the under-representation of women, particularly Black, minoritised and disabled women in Westminster.
They are calling for: