National Democracy Week will begin on Monday 2 July 2018, in line with the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote and the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave women the same voting rights as men.
The Cabinet Office have provided the following mission statement for the week:
“Regardless of who we are or where we are from, we must work together to ensure that every member of society has an equal chance to participate in our democracy and to have their say.”
It is an opportunity to use all of our experience, insight and passion to deliver a programme of activity that encourages more people to be part of our democracy.
The aims of the week are to:
- increase understanding of how to take part in local and national decision making;
- increase the number of people who are more likely to participate in democratic decision making;
- increase in voter registration;
- improve understanding of the barriers to democratic engagement; and
- show that in working together, we are greater than the sum of our parts.
How can you get involved
As part of National Democracy Week, Peterborough City Council will be hosting an event in the Town Hall on Tuesday 3 July 2018 from 5-8pm to encourage residents, community groups and organisations to get involved in democracy. The ‘Democracy in a Day’ event will provide information about the Election and Democratic process in order to showcase:
- Why is it important to vote
- Understanding the electoral process
- Why your vote matters
- How decisions are made
- What it’s like to be a Councillor
The event will also provide the opportunity to listen to inspirational women speakers and participate in a series of workshops led by councillors, electoral and democratic services staff. You’ll also be able to chat with the Mayor and take a selfie in his chair.
For more information, or to reserve a place, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01733 747474.