Women in Public Life.

The Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza joined Chwarae Teg for discussions around women in democracy, the barriers and challenges women face in public life and to also share with us the work of the House, her experiences of being a woman in public life, in particular her position as Lord Speaker.

Baroness D’Souza is the second elected Lord Speaker.

Her role involves presiding over business in the House of Lords chamber as well as being an ambassador for the House of Lords.

Speaking about her outreach visit, she said:

— “It’s vital that representatives from the House of Lords can connect with a wide variety of communities all across the UK to discuss not just the work of the House, but about the issues that matter to these communities.”

Emma Tamplin, Chwarae Teg in discussion with Baroness D’Souza.

— “What do you think society could do to encourage more women into public life?”

— “Make childcare affordable.”


Women in Public Life Development Scheme.

Baroness D’Souza met participants and key partners from the National Assembly’s for Wales’ Women in Public Life Development Scheme.

A scheme set up by the former Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler to give women the skills and confidence to apply and achieve positions of influence and decision making within public life.

With women being significantly underrepresented in public life this scheme had an important role to play.

It helped to ensure the effective development and progression of women into roles that often have a direct influence on people’s lives across Wales.

The Scheme was delivered on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales by Chwarae Teg and Cardiff Business School.

Over 18 months, 13 Mentees participated in a scheme of intense personal development and skills training, one to one mentoring support, and role shadowing opportunities at the highest levels in public bodies.

#POWiPL, achievements:

Following completion of the Scheme in January 2016:

  • 85% (11/13) of Mentees have applied for a position in public life.
  • 31% (4/13) of Mentees have applied for more than one position in public life.
  • 54% (7/13) of Mentees have achieved a position in public life.
  • 15% (2/13) of Mentees have achieved more than one position in public life.


Flickr. Photos. Baroness D’Souza, Chwarae Teg.

News. Women of Wales: encouraging more women across Wales into public life.

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