Diverse5050

*UPDATE 10/05/22*

Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales welcomes today’s announcement by the First Minister and the Leader of Plaid Cymru on Senedd Reform. We are delighted that they will increase the size of the Senedd to 96 members and legislate for gender quotas. This is what our Diverse5050 campaign has pushed for and it is a great victory for the campaign and all those organisations who supported it.

Evelyn James, Campaigner at WEN Wales said:

This is a historic moment as it confirms that Wales will be the first country in the UK to legislate to ensure we have gender balance in our seat of power. This is very fitting – we were the first country to achieve gender balance in our legislature in 2003 and we should now be on course to ensure we have gender balance again after the elections in 2026.

We are delighted that our campaigning, evidence, and joint working through the Cross-Party Group on Women have helped ensure Senedd reform includes these positive measures so that gender parity is baked in, whatever the party in power.”

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Diversity shouldn’t be a gap that needs to be filled but should be a culture and practice for all’.

Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales are running the Diverse5050 campaign alongside Electoral Reform Society Cymru, Race Council Cymru, and EYST Wales (Ethnic Youth Support Team).

As the Diverse 5050 campaign, our target is diverse and equal representation and leadership in the Senedd and throughout the political structure of Wales. Our vision is to see more Black, Asian, and ethnic minority women, LGBTQ+ women, and disabled women represented in the leadership and representation structure in Wales – a Senedd reflective of the whole Welsh population. We are calling for:

  • Electoral reform that will deliver an enlarged Senedd;
  • Legally-binding integrated diversity and gender quotas;
  • A Senedd elected by the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system.

Diversity is who we are, where we grew up surrounded by different faces, voices, experiences, and languages. True development and progress happen only where diverse minds are. Together let’s show the world how true representation should be done. We want to see decision-making in Wales thoroughly informed by the perspectives and lived experiences of people with intersecting identities to produce better policy outcomes for all.

Diverse5050 campaign partners:

Diverse5050 has the support of organisations with approx. 17k members. Add your voice to the Diverse5050 campaign as a supporter by signing up here or by contacting evelyn@wenwales.org.uk.

Send a letter to your MS supporting diverse and equal representation – use our template.

Campaign Supporters

Together Creating Communities
Diverse Cymru
Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales
Citizen’s Advice NPT
Co-production Network Wales
Tai Pawb
Social Firms Wales
Welsh Women’s Aid
National Federation of Women’s Institutes
Chwarae Teg
Race Alliance Wales
Oxfam Cymru
IWA
Stonewall Cymru
Action for Children
Llamau
Cynon Taf Community Housing Group
Fertility Network Wales
Welsh Womens Aid
Eyst.org.uk
Gender Matters

ElectHer
C40
Afallen LLP
Plan UK
361lifesupport

Centenary Action Group
Valla
EYST Wales
Disability Wales
Race Council Cymru
Bevan Foundation

More information:

PRESS RELEASE: WEN Wales welcomes diversity recommendations in ‘Senedd Reform Next Steps’ report

Diverse5050 campaign letter to Welsh party leaders.

WEN Wales submitted evidence to the Committee.

WEN Wales briefing on effectiveness and impact on quotas.