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
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.
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.