Chwarae Teg and the National Assembly for Wales want to increase the number of women who give evidence to Assembly Committees. Photo News / Tweets, highlighting the 2nd session, held on 15 May.

These sessions demonstrated good practice in terms of submitting written and oral evidence to committee inquiries and help build confidence and skills for engaging with committees.

As a whole, there tend to be more men than women giving evidence to committee inquiries in the National Assembly for Wales. Between July 2011 and March 2014 , there were some 369 witness appearances before the Enterprise and Business Committee.

Participant Expert Witness addressing the commission.

Only 110 of those appearances were female and this number falls to 96 if the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport is taken out of the equation. Based on these figures, women account for 26% of witnesses called to give evidence to the Committee.

Participant Expert Witness addressing the commission.

Because the proportion of women is low, we have worked with the National Assembly to run a training session for women to build confidence and develop skills.

Participant Expert Witness addressing the commission.

All committee sessions are transcribed to ensure that there is a record of the session. Transcriptions are lightly edited for ease of reading and published after 10 days.

Participant Expert Witness addressing the commission.

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