Do you want to have a say in the decisions that impact on your community? Do you want our local councils to better represent the needs of you and your family?
If the answer is yes, you can attend a free event to be held on Friday 21 November 2008 in Harrow to encourage more Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women to get involved as local councillors.
Currently, across the UK our councils are not even close to being representative of their communities – only around 149 out of 19,617 councillors are minority ethnic women. To fully reflect society the number would have to rise nearer to 1000.
Women interested in attending should register online at www.livegroup.co.uk/bame or call 0208 481 3375.
This event will be led by Baroness Uddin, Chair of the BAME Women Councillors Taskforce, and Conservative Party Councillor Lurline Champagnie, who has been a Harrow Councillor since 1986.
Councillor Lurline Champagnie is part of the 16-member strong Taskforce, announced in May by Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality.
Its aim is to encourage more BAME women to think about becoming local councillors. It is cross-party and includes councillors and former councillors from across Britain.