Representation

Our Women’s Question Time events are organised in Bristol for the Mayoral and the national elections. We invite women from across the city to put their questions to the politicians vying for their vote. These events are lively and good tempered, inspiring interesting debate and the sharing of multiple perspectives. All candidates are invited to attend and the events are held all around the city – not only in the centre.

Following the Women’s Commission’s 50:50 campaign (encouraging more women to run for council) which Bristol Women’s Voice supported, the 2016 elections saw 30 women elected to Bristol City Council, taking women’s representation from 36% up to 43%.

In 2018, the centenary of the first women in the UK achieving the vote, we fought to amplify women’s voices in politics, encouraging women to vote and stand for election, influencing the decisions of Bristol City Council and celebrating the achievements of women in our city.

The Women’s Commission has run conferences with schools from all over Bristol to enable young women to meet women from different careers and inspire them to enter male-dominated fields. Bristol Women’s Voice Community Reporters are currently looking at some of the women in Bristol’s trade industry. Read more about The Women In Trade here.

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In summer 2019 Bristol Women’s Voice launched the City Listening Project supported by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to ensure the voices of women, particularly those that frequently go unheard, contribute to better policy-making. The GEO was particularly keen to hear from women facing multiple barriers including those in low paid employment, BAME women and disabled women. The City Listening Project report is available and can be found here.