50:50 Parliament's Mission
To achieve an inclusive gender-balanced parliament, that draws upon the widest possible pools of talent, including men and women equally, incorporating their full range of diversity and experience.
50:50 Parliament drives this mission by encouraging, inspiring and supporting political engagement, particularly from women. In addition, 50:50 Parliament lobbies Parliament and the political parties to be more inclusive of women.
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50:50 launched the #AskHerToStand campaign in November 2016 and succeeded in inspiring and encouraging women to stand for election and gain seats in Parliament during the 2017 election.
The campaign has gone from strength to strength.
In the 2019 UK general election fifty of the women standing were part of 50:50 and nine went on to win seats in the Commons.
50:50 work with all the political parties to empower women into politics, helping them get selected and elected.
Now, when women #SignUpToStand via www.5050Parliament.co.uk, 50:50 help them build their Personal Political Profiles and allocate “buddies”, building a New Girls Network: women supporting women, along the path to Parliament.
The aim is to help an additional 105 women get elected to Westminster by 2030. Within ten years 50:50 hope that women will have equal seats and equal say in the Commons.
50:50 Parliament Team
Board and Coordinators
Frances Scott, founder and director of 50:50 Parliament, is a passionate advocate for gender equality of representation.
She launched 50:50 in November 2013 with the 50:50 Parliament petition. In 2016, 50:50 initiated “Ask Her To Stand” to inspire, encourage and support women along the way to Westminster. This has had a major impact with women signing up to stand on a daily basis. 50:50 are now taking action to help women get selected and elected.
Frances has a background in operations analysis, marketing and economic feasibility studies. She had an international career in the Hotel and Tourism industry. She has also been an antenatal teacher and has helped thousands of new parents prepare for birth and babycare. She sat on the Maternity Services Liaison Committee at St Mary's Hospital Paddington giving input into provision of services for several years. She was named as one of the Evening Standard's #Progress1000 most influential political changemakers in 2018. In October 2019 she was invited to present at TedX Brighton on what had been her "Turning Point" and why she started 50:50. In 2020 Frances was included in the list of "Women in Westminster: The 100" which was a way to celebrate the achievements of those women who are changing the conversation, challenging the approach to policy making and providing a female perspective to the important political issues of the day
Amanda Carpenter is the CEO of Achill Management a small bespoke sustainability consultancy. She has worked across all sectors public, private and not for profit, ensuring organisations understand that sustainable business is good business.
A proud director of 50:50 she believes Climate Justice is Gender Justice as the climate emergency has a disproportionate impact on women and marginalised communities. Amanda has served as a Non Exec Director for a health trust, a school governor, a charity trustee and now chairs the board of Applause Rural Touring a rural arts touring charity recently granted Arts Council NPO status. She is a founding trustee of The Western Front Way, a charity set up to map and mark and long distance walking route for peace along the line of the Western Front in France and Belgium. She founded and directed Tonbridge Talks and arts festival in 2018 which celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage and in 2019 focused on sustainability. She is host of the successful podcast Planet Pod which covers all aspects of the environment from politics to rewilding, from energy to economics.
Natasha joined the 50:50 team in 2019 as a campaign coordinator. Coming from a background in finance and HR, she is excited to now be involved in a campaign that encourages and supports women to get involved with politics.
Equal Power Coordinator
Sarah Tomlin is a former scientist and journalist who joined the 50:50 Parliament campaign as blog editor in 2018. For many years Sarah worked as an editor at Nature magazine, the science weekly, where she edited and contributed stories on everything from astronomy to zoology. As the mother to three young daughters Sarah believes in raising girls to be whatever they choose in life - whether that is a Nobel Prize winner in physics, or a Parliamentary candidate.
Since joining 50:50 Parliament Sarah has become part of the AskHerToStand team and she primarily supports the women who want to stand but have yet to pick a party. Sarah is also the Equal Power coordinator for 50:50 Parliament. Equal Power is a three-year campaign to get more women in all our diversity into politics at every level. Funded by Comic relief and led by the Fawcett Soicety, Equal Power is an exciting coalition of women's organisations: Centenary Action Group, Citizens UK, 50:50 Parliament, Glitch, Muslim Women's Network, and the Parliament Project. Together we are hosting multiple FREE events and training throughout 2020. For more information go here: https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/equal-power
#AskHerToStand Director & Facebook Lead
Kelly completed undergraduate degrees in Politics and Social Policy and Community Justice and works in a role in the Criminal Justice System.
She is a borough councillor in Dartford Borough Council and a Parish Councillor for Stone Parish Councillor.
Kelly is a long term campaigner on issues such as domestic abuse, housing, road safety and period poverty and runs an organisation called Dartford Deeds Not Words Foundation. Kelly also runs and writes for a political blog called The Avenger.
She is on the committee of the Fabian Women's Network and is a graduate of the Labour Women's Network Leadership School.
Kelly is passionate about getting more women involved in politics, having established the Dartford Labour Party Women's Forum she is now setting up a Dartford branch of the Fawcett Society.
Kelly is on the LGA Labour Women's Taskforce
Kirsty Finlayson is a solicitor specialising in professional indemnity and policy coverage disputes. Working in London's financial and insurance district, Kirsty is a strong advocate for women to use their experience in another career and apply it to their future career in politics.
Kirsty has previously stood as a Conservative Party candidate in a General Election (2017 - East Ham), Council Election (2018 - Tower Hamlets) and European Election (2019 - London).
Formerly Deputy Chairman of Conservative Young Women, the voice for female members under 30, Kirsty now heads up 50:50 Parliament's #AskHerToStand campaign, managing a national mentoring programme for women who are interested in standing for public office.
In her spare time, Kirsty volunteers for the mental health charity Samaritans and as a School Governor.
Fatima is a passionate advocate for equalities and was inspired by Frances to join 50:50 Parliament after hearing her reference the campaign at an event on her university campus in Birmingham. She currently provides support and guidance to SNP women who have signed up with the campaign, in her role as the #AskHerToStand SNP Director.
Fatima studied journalism at undergraduate level and previously worked as a journalist. She was also a parliamentary assistant for an SNP MEP and is actively engaged in Scottish politics both as an SNP activist and campaigner for equalities issues in Scotland. At present, Fatima is working towards an MSc in International Development (Poverty, Inequality and Development) at the University of Birmingham. She is also the woman’s and equalities officer for her local SNP Constituency Association.
Jo Baldwin Trott
Jo Baldwin Trott mentors influential leaders in the energy of showing up.
She is an International best selling author of Women Leading (Baldwin-Trott et al, 2020); Fit for Purpose Leadership 6 & Remote Working (Priestley et al, 2020).
Jo is a lecturer and professional speaker in entrepreneurism, personal brand and image.
Jo is the CEO of Proper Books Publishing.
Host of The Amijo Show, The Women Leading Show, Jo is also the founder of equality movement, Women Leading Global and director for UK parliamentary equality group, 5050 Parliament.
She is based in West London with her two children, likes to write songs and be at the front row of concerts.
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Andrea Carey Fuller
Andrea’s background is in providing independent advocacy to asylum seekers & refugees; disabled people, older people and looked after children. She has worked for Local Authorities; the British Red Cross and a Community Legal Advice Centre. Currently she volunteers as Coordinator for Deptford Neighbourhood Forum and one of the joint leads on the Local Economy for the Neighbourhood Plan. I am a strong supporter of the Human Rights Act & Children and Young People’s Rights under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child which the UK signed up to in 1989.
As an activist & campaigner,she has spoken publicly on a wide range of issues .
She stood in the last General Election in Lewisham Deptford and achieved just over 5% of the votes. Previously she stood in Local Elections in Lewisham in Ladywell Ward (2014), Evelyn Ward (By-Election 2016), and New Cross Ward (2018). She is a strong supporter of women's rights which is why I took on this role within the 50:50 campaign and am working in tandem with Green Party Women to help women to get selected and elected.
Rachel studied Social Anthropology at university, developing a knowledge of human kind throughout time and place. She attended the 2018 Ask Her to Stand event in Parliament that demonstrated how to build a better democracy with gender equality. Rachel then saw how young, working mums like her were under-represented where she lived and joined a political party.
Rachel believes that women are pioneers in our society and after her trip to London became involved as a 50:50 representative seeking to further empower women in the world of politics. The following year she stood, and was elected, as a councillor for Rochdale Borough Council.
With two young children herself, Rachel champions women who shoulder parental responsibilities whilst maintaining the desire to make a world of difference to the world we all live in.
A specialist in Human rights, European politics and law, Sonul studied Law at Cambridge University, History at Kings College London and European Politics at the College of Europe in Bruges. She now works as a leading voice in in the charity sector as a campaigns and public affairs expert, where she has dedicated her career to the fight against climate change and improving animal welfare standards across the globe.
Sonul is also a passionate politician and community leader and recently stood to be a Member of Parliament in the 2019 UK general election.
Outside of work Sonul is a dedicated mother to her little boy and two fluffy cats and a passionate music lover, pianist and songwriter.
Dipa Vaya studied Politics at the University of Kent. She has worked within the public sector and on political campaigns. She has been actively campaigning on diversity since 2016. Dipa and a group of friends created the diversity monitoring group survey to understand the issues affecting members in the special associated organisations in the Party. Dipa also became a 5050 Parliament Ambassador in 2015 and with Frances Scott attended London Pride and House of Commons events to raise awareness about equality. Since 2016 Dipa has been a diversity officer, worked for the VP of the Party and is now the Vice Chair of the Racial Diversity Campaign.
Equal Power Ambassador
Amy Longland is a Programme Officer for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Unit, providing technical assistance to strengthen CVE mechanisms in Commonwealth countries. She has a background in advocacy and campaigns since her time at University, where she started and lead a student campaign group endeavouring to get students and young people informed, registered and empowered to turn out to vote in the EU referendum.
Amy holds a Master of Sciences in International Relations and Global Issues from the University of Nottingham, and is experienced in the field of strategy, project management, operational delivery, communications and policy from tenures both in the third sector and government.
Amy has worked extensively within and across local and international governments, especially in regard to empowering women and young people to become active agents of change within their own communities. She worked for 2 years at youth democratic engagement start-up My Life My Say and is now active in local COVID-19 community projects for vulnerable citizens, and is an active member of her local Stand Up to Racism group, as well as her work with 50:50 parliament.
Ambassador Team Coordinator
Gulnar Hasnain is a strategy consultant focused on urban policy, climate change and health inequalities.
Gulnar has campaigned on issues such as reducing air pollution, protecting green space and defending libraries. In 2019, Gulnar was one of the lead London MEP Candidates for the Green Party. In 2015 and 2017 she stood as a Parliamentary Candidate for Vauxhall.
Gulnar has an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, an MSc in Development Studies from Birkbeck, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She used to work for the Mayor of London’s economic development agency leading on climate change and sustainability strategy.
Gulnar is a mum of 3 and in her spare time enjoys yoga, tennis and playing the piano. Gulnar also sits on the Board of the ChicagoBooth Women's Network.
Communications & PR Advisor
Sofia Taveira de Sousa
Sofia has an undergraduate and Masters degree in Business Administration and has developed her career in Digital Analytics, looking at website performance, conversion and optimisation. Throughout her corporate career she’s had the opportunity to mentor young pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds as she is passionate about inspiring younger generations to achieve their full potential. She also volunteers with Girlguiding where she helps girls develop their skills and become future leaders.
Sofia has previously stood in Tower Hamlets Council elections in 2018 where she led a campaign focused on improving the quality of life for local residents. She is the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Portugal, a group established to build stronger links between the Conservative Party and Portugal.
Sofia is an advocate for women’s rights, having raised awareness for equality, domestic abuse, diversity and inclusion. She is excited to be part of the 5050 family and get more women involved in politics.
Fundraising / Friends of 50:50
Currently a Client Development Director for a leading provider of outsourced call centre services in the UK, he is passionate about gender equality.
IT & Tech Advisor & Support
Brian joined the 50:50 Parliament campaign in 2015, helping out with data management. Over time the role has grown to include all things tech and digital for the campaign.
He also volunteers for Let Toys Be Toys, the GREAT Men project, and DataKind. When not supporting campaigns and charities, Brian has been a programmer, data warehouse designer, website development project manager, and founder of an ethical retail tech startup.
Campaign Strategic Advisor and Support
Dowshan Humzah is a business transformation and digital specialist who has held senior roles with a variety of blue-chip organisations and start-ups. He has been involved with 50:50 Parliament since late 2014, bringing his business sector experience and insights of social mobility and equality to the campaign.
Dowshan’s personal background and journey explain his passion for ‘access to opportunity’ particularly for those less-privileged. He has a portfolio career and holds a number of board directorships across business and civil society.