Dr Anwara Ali, former Conservative Mayoral candidate, organised Tower Hamlets Pankhurst Party on Saturday July 14th. The party attendees marched from Whitechapel to St George’s Town Hall where a wreath was laid to honour Emmeline Pankhurst’s Birthday followed by speeches from Dr Anwara Ali , Sophia De Souza, Priscilla Coleman, Councillor Peter Golds, Councillor Mumtaz Khan and Lady Sheikh . The celebrations also included a ceremonial Emmeline Pankhurst birthday cake and a tea party. The event was attended by women and men from different political backgrounds.
As well as celebrating an important historical milestone of Women getting the partial vote, the event on July 14 th was designed to encourage more women to take up the challenge first issued by Emmeline Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes a century ago and get more women involved in politics.
Despite one hundred years of women’s suffrage, the numbers of women in politics at all levels is still low. More than two thirds of MP’s are men and in local government 70 per cent of councillors are men.
“There are approx only 30% female councillors, and only 15% (roughly) are leaders.
We need to encourage more women to not just vote but to stand as well, women should feel represented in all walks of life.
The national organiser of the Pankhurst Parties, Fleur Butler, said she hoped the nationwide events would inspire more women to come forward for election at all levels of government. Advice will be given to those interested in the different ways to enter public life across all political parties.
“We need more women to take part in public life as councillors, school governors, MPs, Assembly Members, Mayors, Police & Crime Commissioners, MSPs and Magistrates. We want women not just to vote but to stand for public office as well.”
The local organiser of the Tower Hamlets Pankhurst Party Dr Anwara Ali said “ It’s not good enough that women got the vote 100 years ago if we still let men speak for us.
Dear Local leaders , how many female councillors have you got compared to men. How many female leaders have there been, and what are you going to do about all minorities groups being properly represented by 2028. “
We want to find out how many women are locally wanting to do more but don’t know how to start, so that they have the courage to put that first foot forward.”
If you are interested in standing for public office or for more information, please go onto the Pankhurst Party website or contact Dr Anwara Ali