Fawcett Milton Keynes are one of our most active groups and currently meet every month. They played a crucial part in gathering evidence for our report on women in local government, as well as staging more public campaigns by dressing up as suffragettes and encouraging women to vote in the build up to the 2015 General Election. With a number of upcoming events and great connections with other organisations, the Milton Keynes group is invaluable to Fawcett’s work.

Recent Work

  • In November 2017, the group organised an exhibition called 'Women Who Made Milton Keynes', which aims to celebrate the lives of 10 women who had a huge impact on Milton Keynes' identity. The launch of the exhibition on 6 November saw Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart in attendance, along with 5 of the women featured in the exhibition. READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION HERE.

  • In 2015 Milton Keynes members of the Fawcett Society undertook an observational study of MK Council Meetings in order to explore whether there were gender differences and/or inequalities in the way Council business was seen to be carried out in public forums.The report analyses the data collected and concludes that it shows significant gender differences in the participation of male and female councillors in Milton Keynes Council meetings. Their recommendations include: 

- There should be more engagement by all political groups in Milton Keynes to encourage more women to enter local politics as councillors

- All political groups need to offer support for women councillors once they are elected to ensure they are able to engage fully with all aspects of Council work

- That there is a need for changes in meeting behaviour so that there is a better representation of all voices present

You can read the full report here: EXPLORING WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL POLITICS

Contact
Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @fawcett_mk