Bristol 'needs more women in public life'

February 28 2014

TWO local councillors are striving towards fairer representation of women in Bristol, particularly in politics.

TWO local councillors are striving towards fairer representation of women in Bristol, particularly in politics.
Since Bristol mayor, George Ferguson, signed the European Charter for Equality of Men and Women in Local Life a year ago, a Bristol's Women's Commission has been established to investigate and tackle areas of disadvantage and inequality facing women in Bristol.
Three political representatives are on the commission, including Bishopston councillor Daniella Radice, Redland councillor Fi Hance and Lawrence Hill councillor Marg Hickman.
The commission's membership spans organisations at the heart of Bristol, for example the universities, council, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and First Group.
Ms Radice said: "We have a vital role and opportunity to drive change and develop best practice.
"We are particularly concerned with the issues of representation of women. This issue first struck home with me after being the only women to stand in the Mayor of Bristol election in 2012."
She added: "Although Bristol is doing well with MPs, with 3 out of 4 Bristol MPs being women, the council is only 28% female.
"We are working to attract more women into politics in a non-party political way."
The women are wanting to speak with female-only groups about the reality of being a councillor, and why more women are needed.
As well as trying to engage with people who have never thought about politics before, the councillors are working to influence the council to make it more accessible to those with caring responsibilities.