Friday, April 28, 2017

Election 'diversity crisis' warning over women standing - BBC

Originally published: April 27, 2017
Publisher: BBC.com 

A "diversity crisis" warning has been issued over the upcoming local elections, with 30% of candidates being women.

Gender equality charity Chwarae Teg and pro-democracy organisation Electoral Reform Society (ERS), who analysed data, called it "disappointing".

On May 4, 3,438 people stand in Wales' 22 council areas, with 1,023 women.

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) said it was working to improve the situation.

In the 2012 council elections, 26% of elected councillors were women with 9% of leaders of authorities female.