100 years since the first women gained the right to vote, we’re hosting events for UK Parliament Week.
UK Parliament Week is a nationwide festival taking place from 12th-18th November. It aims to engage young people from different backgrounds and empower them to get involved. This campaign is part of UK Parliament’s Vote 100 programme, celebrating equal voting rights and milestones in democratic history. Women made a record high of 32% of MPs elected to the House of Commons in the 2017 General Election. Yet, there is more work to be done as we strive for real diversity. We’ve planned events throughout the term including visits from Baroness Burt of Solihull and local MP for Birmingham Ladywood, Shabana Mahmood. The University of Law’s Street Law Team will also be running workshops about women in law. UK Parliament Outreach Officers will be leading sessions about why young people should interact with the government and how their influence impacts policy.
Our Law teacher, Sarah Harwood, was selected for the Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme based in the Houses of Parliament. Sarah has been tasked with developing students’ and colleagues’ understanding of democracy, as well as working with other schools and colleges in the local area.
“It’s exciting to be joining organisations across the country getting involved in UK Parliament Week. Encouraging more people in Birmingham to get involved in democracy is fantastic.”
In 2017, UK Parliament Week reached more than 360,000 people, with over 4,500 events. This year’s campaign is the largest ever with more than 7,000 registered events and 500,000 people taking part. Participating organisations include Scouts, Girlguiding, and the British Youth Council.
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, announced:
“There are many inspiring events during UK Parliament Week 2018. I’m delighted that Joseph Chamberlain College is celebrating one of the most important centenaries in British history. We can only work towards an equal society if we all engage with democracy, so support from colleges is important.”
Other centenaries coming up this year include the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act which gave women over 21 the right to stand for election as an MP (21 November) and the 1918 General Election when some women over 30 and all men over 21 voted for the first time on December 14th.