OFN Friday News Digest
The OFN brings you a roundup of the week’s news relevant to Older Women.

Proportional representation helped women get elected in 2022

In January 2023, global proportion of women parliamentarians just was 26.5%, indicating that there’s a way to go before we have equal numbers of men and women in parliament around the world.

The Electoral Reform Society pints out that in 2022, countries with either proportional representation (PR) or mixed electoral systems collectively elected 29% women to their parliaments, whereas countries with majority or plurality systems like First Past the Post only elected 22.4% women to their parliaments. The electoral system used also influences the likelihood of applying gender quotas.

Of those countries holding elections in 2022, nearly three-quarters (73%) of countries with PR or mixed electoral systems had either a voluntary or legislated gender quota in place, whereas in majority or plurality systems nearly three-quarters of countries (73%) did not have any type of quota in place.

Voting systems which use PR are more successful in electing women whether they include gender quotas or not.

Open consultation: Older People’s Housing Taskforce

The government is seeking your views on what the Older People’s Housing Taskforce should consider in order to further understand the market and needs for older people’s housing today, and to provide recommendations to ministers on how it can be shaped for the future.

This call for evidence forms part of a range of stakeholder engagement that will inform the deliberations, and eventual recommendations, of the Older People’s Housing Taskforce.

This call for evidence will be open for 8 weeks.

You can respond:

  • as an individual sharing your professional views
  • on behalf of an organisation

Respond here

Call for Evidence: Women’s reproductive health

This short inquiry will look at women’s reproductive health and the challenges that women face when they are being diagnosed and treated for these conditions. The inquiry will consider any disparities that exist in the diagnosis and treatment, and the impact of women’s experiences on their health and lives.

Women’s reproductive health

The Committee invites written evidence on the following questions:

  • What constitutes healthy periods and reproductive health;
  • What are women’s experiences of being diagnosed with, undergoing procedures and being treated for gynaecological or urogynaecological conditions;
  • What disparities exist in the treatment and diagnosis of gynaecological or urogynaecological conditions;
  • What barriers exist in the treatment and diagnosis of gynaecological or urogynaecological conditions.

The Committee is interested in reproductive health, gynecological and urogynaecological conditions which include, but are not limited to: heavy menstrual bleeding, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse.

The Committee welcomes submissions by 5.00pm on 1 September 2023.

Submit your evidence here



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