Parliament Week is an annual event that raises awareness about Parliament and democratic life in the UK. It sees organisations around the country join together in a programme of activities and events all designed to inform, inspire and connect people with democracy.
It will run from 15th to 21st November with the theme this year of Women in Democracy. This will celebrate women’s contribution to UK democratic life and explore how women’s voices can better be heard. Parliament Week will feature many events around the country, from historical walks, art exhibitions, online debates and panel discussions. There will be an introduction to campaigning, films, lectures, and art and crafts – including making a (probably not life-size) ‘Big Ben’ from recycled materials. You can see the full list here.
Mary Macleod MP at the launch of Parliament Week
You can get involved today by visiting the #ACTNOWCHALLENGE where there are many activities including an online suffragette exhibition, recommended books, and ideas for art and photography projects . You can even download an official Parliquiz iPhone app to hold quizzes with your friends.
Amongst other art initiatives, South London Women Artists will perform #APublicAiring, using submitted responses to tell of sexism and the changes that people wish to see. You can submit ideas here.
The 2013 edition was launched yesterday at the House of Commons amidst a blitz of cake. Cake is nothing new to me – I’ve often enjoyed a good slice of Victoria Sponge and have tucked into a cupcake now and again. But I don’t think I’ve experienced cake lollipops before. Maybe they’re normal in Parliament.
After Parliament Week the programme to support women’s engagement with Parliament will continue at www.parliament.uk/women