Political parties worldwide have increasingly acknowledged the need for inclusivity and diverse representation. However, it is not enough to merely have a roster of diverse candidates; the quest for diversity often falls short when parties neglect the systemic issues rooted in their organisational cultures.
Reevaluating internal structures and processes is paramount to reshaping party culture. Traditional power structures often perpetuate the status quo, marginalising certain groups and reinforcing the exclusionary nature of politics. Parties must be willing to deconstruct and rebuild these structures to ensure that power is distributed more equitably, allowing for diverse perspectives to influence decision-making at all levels.
The first step towards this goal is achieving a high level of awareness. Only by recognising that diversity is not a superficial checkbox but an integral component of a larger transformation can parties start to create truly inclusive environments. To address the systemic problems in play, parties must recognise that diversity is not a standalone solution but an integral part of a larger transformation of party culture.