A Glasgow councillor is calling for action to make it easier and safer for women to enter politics.

The city’s Labour group deputy leader, Councillor Soryia Siddique, wants Glasgow City Council to adopt new practices to support women who stand for election.

She will present a motion to a full council meeting tomorrow which states the “empowerment and inclusion of women in political decision-making processes is an essential part of any democracy.”

“It is also integral for achieving gender equality and inclusive governance and ensures that the views of women are listened to and considered,” the motion adds.

It comes in the wake of “repugnant” abuse allegedly aimed at Diane Abbott MP by a Conservative party donor.

Councillor Siddique said: “I know how disheartening it is to face barriers as a councillor. Women are under-represented at all levels of decision making.

“Progress doesn’t just happen and is too slow. We must take steps to ensure that democratic structures represent and, crucially, serve women in all their diversity.

“This requires councils, all levels of government and political parties, social media and print press to act.”

She added the motion is an “opportunity for Glasgow City Council to lead the way towards tackling toxic culture.”

It requests the council take action on “working practices with gendered impact,” such as hours of business, and develop “clear and responsive pathways for complaints.”

She will also ask the council to “take action on abuse, bullying, racism and harassment in all forms” and to adopt voluntary guidance on family leave for councillors set out by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

That guidance aims to ensure councillors “can take appropriate leave at the time of birth or adoption, that both parents are able to take leave, and that reasonable and adequate arrangements are in place to provide cover for portfolio holders.”

The motion will also ask the council to recognise that women “remain under represented in politics today and face many barriers that their male colleagues do not”and that increasing the representation of women will better reflect the diversity of our population, enhancing the effectiveness and legitimacy of local governance.”

Councillor Siddique’s motion adds women from “our city’s BAME community have and will continue to play a pivotal role in our society.”

It continued: “BAME women can experience sexism, racism and faith-based discrimination. We must do more to tackle the ongoing issues they encounter to encourage more to become involved in all levels of government and political processes.”