Last week YouElect held its third event in Parliament in partnership with Parliament Outreach. The event was focused on the role of the Women and Equalities Committee and how we can use the committee to influence race and religious discrimination issues.
The evening featured talks from the committee chair Maria Miller MP, Committee Member Gavin Shuker MP and Committee Specialist Ayaz Manji.
The event gave attendees the opportunity to hear about the work the committee has done and is doing to improve crucial and previously ignored issues around equality within British society. Topics covered included Muslims in employment, the gender pay gap and transgender issues. The discussion also included practical advice about how we as individuals can submit our own evidence to the committee and suggest new areas for the committee to look into.
There was also room for a Q&A where the panellists answered questions from the audience on a wide range of issues including the role of the Committee in holding the media to account for stirring racial/religious tensions, how the committee ensures that its members are diverse and how the Committee makes sure that it hears evidence from a wide range of sources.
Committees play a very important role in Parliament because they can make recommendations to the government on changes to policy and law. All committees rely on evidence from a range of sources including members of the public who are affected by, or feel they have something important to contribute to the issue being investigated. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the opportunities that exist to influence the work of these Committees.
YouElect wants to make sure that as many young people as possible from a diverse range of backgrounds are getting involved in Parliamentary work at the highest levels. Remember to check the YouElect website for details on the latest Committee Enquiries and events.