WOMEN ENCOURAGED TO ENTER LOCAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE PARLIAMENT PROJECT

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Hannah Stevens from The Parliament Project will take part in a Zoom Session with residents from the Isle of Wight on Monday to encourage more people to get involved in local government.

The Parliament Project is aimed at working to motivate, support and equip women to run for political office in the UK. It is non-partisan and focuses on practical, hands-on training and support. However, while the Project is aimed primarily at women, the session Monday will be open to all.

Hannah is the Director of the Parliament Project. She is a senior manager with particular experience in supporting the setup and growth of charitable organisations. She spent more than a decade working in Cambodia within the disability and arts sector to develop the capacity of local organisation leaders. She has also sat on the board of several international organisations focusing on arts for social change. She is a champion for diversity in public life

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Speaking about the Parliament Project, Hannah said:

“Wherever you are on your political journey, we have something for you! We run online workshops to demystify the process for women wanting to get involved in politics and online peer support circles to support womens political ambitions more deeply. The Project has been active across England, Scotland and Wales over the last four years and nearly 5000 women have attended our workshops. We are creating a groundswell of women entering politics to ultimately achieve 51% female representation in all spheres of Government across Britain.

“I am greatly looking forward to the session on Monday and discussing the work of the Project with people from the Island.”

In addition to the session on Monday, the Parliament Project is running many other workshops that people can register to join for free. In particular, they have organised a session on Wednesday 24th February specifically to encourage women to get involved in town and parish councils. Details can be found at http://www.parliamentproject.co.uk/upcoming-workshops/2021/2/23/women-in-local-council-what-is-it-and-can-i-do-it.

The session on Monday is being hosted by the Our Island group, who are working with Flatpack Democracy and the Parliament Project to improve the quality of local government on the Isle of Wight.

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Jonathan Bacon, the founder of Our Island, said:

“We are very pleased to be able to welcome Hannah to address residents of the Island on the work of the Parliament Project. We hope that people will log in in for what is sure to be an informative discussion which will hopefully inspire people to come forward and help us build a more representative and diverse Council on the Island.”

The Zoom meeting at 19:00 on Monday 22nd February can be accessed using these details: Zoom Meeting ID 853 8600 1693  Passcode 517016 , or this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85386001693?pwd=YkRJenEyOTRnZi84Q2hkZEF3dU5FZz09.

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Gregory Smith
Gregory Smith
5 days ago

OMG. Easiest thing in the world is to spend ‘other peoples money’ on being ‘nice’ to the chosen few. Charity used to mean giving by ‘choice’ not just because some well to do, crusader needs their nice but dim ‘project’ funding by others.

Wendy
Wendy
Reply to  Gregory Smith
5 days ago

Please, just because she has helped people in Cambodia, doesn’t necessarily mean she is intending on bringing ever more such people into our country or our Island.

Caring for innocent victims is no bad thing, so long as it is those here who are cared for as she is not the foreign minister and is voted in to look after the electorate HERE. Her private life doesn’t necessarily mean she will expect us to fund her overseas missions of mercy. Least I certainly hope not.

The UK has done more than it’s share of aid giving, and been repaid appallingly by many who come direct to the source now, but let’s give her a chance first.

Les Moul
Les Moul
5 days ago

Agree, Greg. In times of hardship in our own country, charity should begin and end at home until we are strong enough financially to help others, not whilst kids are near starving here and our own elderly live in fear of having the heating on.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright
5 days ago

Likely the chamber will soon have ethnic imported plant dyed soft furnishing, tribal artwork curtains and daubed Ox dung and mud paintings adorning the walls, and like minded band of those who only ever see those they help as being almost child like innocent victims, who then use the kindly but naive female traits to gain what they want, knowing most men are ‘onto their game’.

All for wise women in power provided they put our people first, yet this one seems a million miles away from such. Mrs T she is NOT.

Edward Yardley
Edward Yardley
5 days ago

An attractive candidate outwardly, yet we can’t afford glorified social charity workers spending ever more of our c/t on lost causes in society until we have invested in those who will provide the ever increasing wealth to fund the lifetime ‘takers’ and their growing broods from the pot.

Women by nature see the good in all, and hail one rotten apple saved, yet never consider the huge expense of that ‘one’ saved, nor the thousand where our cash is frittered pointlessly away upon, when more deserving cases would be money ‘well spent’.

Kathy
Kathy
5 days ago

Let’s give her a chance before imaging she will impose here ideals onto all of us hard pressed workers.

I just hope that people are chosen because of their forward vision at a time when Britain and the Island needs such help more now than ever.

If it is just a case of trying to get as many diverse people ‘in power’ to make up the PC quota like any modern BBC baking, or game show, then I am as against her as you all seem to be.

Her credentials I must admit seem to ‘hint’ at such, but time will tell, not us.

An injured Tiger is a just cause, in it’s own land, with their wealth not ours spent on assisting it.

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