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Gender and Representation in National Assembly for Wales Elections

Jac Larner In 2003, the National Assembly for Wales made waves worldwide as the first legislature to achieve 50:50 gender balance. Having shown such swift progress on equal representation, the Assembly has enjoyed a reputation as an institution more progressive – and representative – than Westminster. Yet in the years since, we’ve already begun to […]

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Gender on the agenda? Women AMs in the Fifth Assembly

Laura McAllister Wales and its democratic institution has enjoyed an unexpected and unprecedented global reputation for equality. The four Assemblies since 1999 have never had fewer than 25 women (out of 60). Consistently above 40% female representation is remarkable for a country that, prior to last year’s General Election, had only ever elected thirteen female […]

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Welsh and Scottish political representation

Diana S. Stirbu Westminster can learn a lot about gender equality by looking at Welsh and Scottish levels of political representation. The assumption that today’s British society provides a level playfield for men and women is shared by many young women who genuinely cannot relate to the idea of gender inequality; at least not in […]

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