#GenderEqualParliament Pledge

Gender equal parliament pledge<br />

Women are 51% of the population but currently account for only 35% of MPs. In fact, there have only ever been 563 female MPs – all together they wouldn’t even fill the House of Commons Chamber. 

We are calling on political parties, candidates and others to sign up to our pledge to support actions that will deliver a #GenderEqualParliament by 2028. 

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Gender Equal Parliament Pledge


We are calling on the parties to consider the following actions:


  • Committing to voluntarily publishing candidate diversity data until Section 106 is enacted;
  • Reviewing and improving their selection processes to ensure that they work for women candidates and that there are no structural barriers hampering the participation of under represented groups;
  • Developing and publishing an action plan to achieve and maintain gender parity in their party, this might include targets around representation, using the provision in the Equality Act 2010 to have All-women shortlists, training for women candidates etc;
  • Supporting the work of women’s organisations within their political party in their efforts to increase the selection of women;
  • Ensuring the representation of women at the highest levels, including in cabinet and key parliamentary roles;
  • Liaising with women MPs to better understand their personal experiences and views about current working practices, facilities and provision for diverse needs and work to deliver change;
  • Reinstating a formalised funding scheme for disabled candidates and ensuring it is accessible and run by disabled people themselves.
  • Reviewing and improving the party’s sexual harassment and complaint policies to ensure that they are transparent, quick, victim-focused and independent, and cover volunteers, employees and elected and appointed representatives. This should be combined with training and action to create culture change to prevent sexual harassment.

We are calling on the parties to make manifesto commitments to: 


  • Enact Section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 so that all parties are required to publish diversity data on candidates standing for elections to the House of Commons, Scottish Parliament and the Senedd. 
  • Create a new body to drive diversity and inclusivity reforms in the House of Commons.  This body should review recommendations made to date and lead and push forward the gender sensitive parliament agenda including overseeing regular future audits.
  • Commit to addressing online violence against women and girls through legislation and other mechanisms. Solutions should focus on prevention and safety by design and be future-proofed to tackle emerging harms.
  • Review parliamentary procedures and support systems to ensure they work for MPs with caring responsibilities. This should include ensuring all MPs have access to parental leave.
  • Extend the provision in the Equality Act 2010 allowing All-women shortlists until no longer required.
  • Undertake a review of measures introduced in Parliament during the pandemic for their impact on diversity, and reintroduce those which improve predictability and flexibility of work for MPs
  • Reinstate a formalised funding scheme for disabled candidates and ensure it is accessible and run by disabled people themselves.


Centenary Action Convenor, Helen Pankhurst, wrote to party leaders to ask them to support our #GenderEqualParliament pledge. See below for their replies:


MP Supporters:

NameOrganisationElected Position
Maria MillerConservative PartyMP
Bell Ribeiro-AddyLabour PartyMP
Nadia WhittomeLabour PartyMP
Harriet HarmanLabour PartyMP
Allan Dorans MPScottish National PartyMP
Martyn DaySNPMP
Ian ByrneLabour PartyMP
Dr Philippa WhitfordScottish National PartyMP for Central Ayrshire
Rachael MaskellLabour PartyMP
Wendy ChamberlainLiberal DemocratsMP
Sarah Dyke MPLiberal DemocratsMP
Caroline LucasGreen PartyMP
John McNallySNPMP

Our Pledgers:

NameOrganisationElected Position
Adrian Smith
Vicky Seddon
Jenny JamesPatchway Town CouncilCouncillor
Beth West
Barbara HearnWollstonecraft SocietyAdvisor
Virginia Hitch
Tessa MarchingtonMusic in OfficesStanding to be a Councillor
Jane WaltonSoroptimists International Wakefield and District
Denise Turner
Susan Ballard
Prue WatsonSIGBI
Sally Humphreys
Miranda Mellor
Lynne TedikSoroptimist International
Lynn Purcell
Rukshana Afia
Rissa MohabirStroud Labour CLP BAME Officer
Melanie FieldMelanie Field Independent Advisory Services
Jacalyn WoodSoroptimst International
judy seymour
Catherine Nelson-Pollard
Caroline YeoCommunity volunteer
Maggie Cole
Caroline BlackCaroline Black AssociatesHumanist Celebrant
Heidi Marston
Niki Scordi
Linda JohnsonLiberal DemocratsWard Councillor
Melissa Rogerson
Debbie PriceCoventry University
Susan JonasHindon & the Fonthills WIActing President
Angela Neillis
Rose Seabury
Jane Stephen
Ana Burgos Barcena
Tanya Perry
Jenifer GouldCouncillor
Isabella Adamec
rebecca swirsky swirskyfreelance
Catherine RedmondHogan LovellsPitch Manager
Anne Marie RaffertyKing's College London
Bernadette Henderson
Zack PolanskiGreen Party of England and WalesDeputy Leader
Adrian RamsayGreen Party of England and WalesCo-Leader
Carla DenyerGreen Party of England and WalesLeader, and Councillor
Emily Brownfreelancer
Jo HigginsSaint Francis Hospice
Louise HarmanBates Wells
Bee RowlattThe Wollstonecraft Society
Jo Kinsey
Emma OldhamNSDCCouncillor
Linda Felton
Kate Willoughby#Emilymatters
Sarah MortonBlackbridge Communications
Victoria Cromwell
Christina BlacklawsBlacklaws Consulting Ltd
Helen Pankhurst
Alexandra Dickson
Jack Green
Peter TatchellPeter Tatchell Foundation
Eliza BroadbentWILPF UK
Cllr Surinder Kaur JassalEaling Borough CouncilCouncillor
Georgina Brocklehurst
Anna Polojarvi
Azry KalokoUniversity of Birmingham
Zion Ateba
Joy DoalAnawim Birmingham Centre for Women
Shaheena Ahmed
Hasanh Abdelkarim
Sibel Oztas
Samantha MambuStudent
Ellen Ball
Sasha Venchard
Rebekah Ajuchi
KellyBella Ansah-YeboahUniversity of Birmingham
Karen McDonagh Reynolds
Lara BishopAurora Media Worldwide
Suzanne SteeleAdobe
Irena DZikija
Kerrie Portman
Di HillSI Bath & District
Elizabeth Schofield
Maudie McHardySoroptimist International
Diane SteeleSoroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland
Hari EmmelineFawcett Society
Louise Timlin
Gail Gravett
Nicola BraidfordSoroptomists
Angela HolmesSoroptimist International Wigan Club
Catherine HannafordSoroptimist International
Jane SlatterSoroptimist International
Pam Roebuck
Kim BramhamSoroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland
Nikki Pawsey
Patricia KerfootSoroptimist
GILLIAN HORIGANSoroptimist International
Sheila InceSoroptimist International of Harrogate &District
Jennie WalkerSt Austell & District Soroptimists
Harriet Mackie
Dawn ChildsWomen’s Engineering Society
Kate PrinceZooNation
Janet Cooper
Annie Rickard
Nazneen RawalM.A.D.E.
Susannah Harlow
Sue Lloyd
Miranda McCabeLabour Party member

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