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Should there be more women in charge? Hansard debate

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hansard HeadsUp recently held a debate on the question “should there be more women in charge?” to which Meg Munn MP contributed. The forum took place around International Women’s Day on 8th March and aimed to raise awareness of the disparities between men and women’s lives.

Headsup is a safe, online space for under 18s to debate the political issues important to them. Young people share viewpoints with their peers and decision-makers up and down the country.  Through the forums, HeadsUp develops young people’s political awareness and promotes active citizenship so they can play an effective part in the democratic processes that affect them. It enables politicians to consult young people, to find out their ideas, experiences and opinions.

Meg said:

“I think this forum is a great way to get young people more interested in politics.  It gets them thinking about the issues that affect them and helps them to see that they have a voice and politicians are listening.  I was really pleased to be asked to contribute to this particular debate to coincide with International Women’s Day. We have to break down the stereotypes and ensure all talented young are given the chances they deserve.”

Meg was asked to start the debate on one of the discussion topics “Why are sectors like journalism and business still mostly male? Should we use the law to get more women in the boardroom? Do we need more female role models in the scientific and technology industries?”  To see what Meg wrote follow this link http://www.megmunnmp.org.uk/press-view-entry.asp?type=Views&id=438

There were 7,938 visits to the website throughout the course of the forum, with 84 posts. 28 students took part in the debate. The main issue students raised was the pay gap between men and women, with many angry that this should still be the case. Gender stereotyping in career choices was also an issue for some students.

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