More women AMs needed in Welsh Government — letter to members
MORE women representatives was the subject of a letter from the National Assembly's Presiding officer to party leaders.
Rosemary Butler was mandated to write by a unanimous vote by delegates of the Women in Public Life conference in November.
In her letter to the four Welsh party leaders, she pointed out that there had been a drop-off in female representation since 2006.
"We achieved 50 per cent representation in 2003 which rose to 52 per cent in 2006, making the Assembly a world leader in women's political representation," she said.
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"After the 2007 and 2011 elections, we have seen these impressive statistics decline and although initial predictions suggested that women's representation would decline further than they actually did in 2011, it concerns me that we will see a further drift if political parties do not address the issue in advance of the elections in 2016."
The conference was the culmination of a series of seminars with women Welsh electoral regions over the past nine months.
"These events have been inspirational," Mrs Butler added.
She also asked the leaders to consider any measures that they might want to put in place that could halt the decline in the number of women AMs.