Two Derby City Councillors are calling for more women to take part in politics and have a pivotal role in their community, as part of International Democracy Day today (15 September).

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and skills, and also one of the Countries youngest council cabinet members is supporting the campaign and comments:

“There is a huge disparity between the number of men and women in the democratic process. I want to encourage more women to stand up and take part so that there can be more balanced and equal representation of society for future generations.
Just over 100 years ago, women up and down the Country fought for our right to vote, we need to continue their work by standing up and speaking out. It’s never too late or early to get involved and help shape your community.”

Councillor Lisa Eldret, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Fair Employment added:

We need more female voices around local decision-making tables to make sure the different perspectives and experiences of 50% of the population are being heard.

Local women interested in playing a bigger role in local democracy and the democratic process can find our more by contacting Councillor Lisa Eldret or Councillor Sarah Russell via email.