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Black History Month Reading List

To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve created a starter reading list which focuses on BAME writers on subjects around race, feminism and gender equality.

  • Inferior, by Angela Saini
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo - Lodge
  • Brit - ish, by Afua Hirsch
  • Natives, by Akala
  • Slay in Your Lane, by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené
  • The Good Immigrant, curated by Nikesh Shukla
  • Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
  • What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions, by Claire Heuchan and Nikesh Shukla
  • Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi
  • Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, by Mona Eltahawy

Websites: Burnt Roti, Gal Dem

In the near future, WE Southwark will be opening our own Good Reads page, where we will share all these books and more, and you will be able to recommend the books you think have to be in our feminist shelf. Keep an eye on our newsletter!

Enjoy!




WEP BAME Caucus Inaugural Meeting: Action Plan

Following on from the creation of a BAME Caucus at our Conference in September, WE are pleased to let you know that the inaugural meeting has already taken place.

At our recent branch meeting we received a debrief from our very  own caucus member and founding member, Claudia, who explained that the overall goal of the caucus is to create a diverse and intersectional party both at local branch and central level.

In order to achieve this, the caucus will focus on increasing membership, building alliances at a local level and examining WEP policy with a BAME lens.

One of the key objectives being proposed to our Steering Committee is to hold local branches accountable. So, WE are excited to share Southwark branch’s action plan. We commit to:

  1. Conduct a survey of our local members and supporters, to identify:
    1. Ethnicity
    2. Sex
    3. Gender
    4. Sexuality
    5. Disability
    6. Religion
    7. Reasons for supporting us? signing up for our newsletter?
    8. Barriers to being active/attending meetings?
  2. Analyse results. Based on these results, agree a % increase by which we would like to grow BAME members and supporters.
  3. Create a plan to attract:
    1. New supporters and newsletter subscribers
    2. New (active) members
    3. New event attendees
  4. All branch officers will undertake an unconscious bias test
  5. Engage with local community groups and charities in Southwark that represent BAME women, in order to understand their priorities and how we can work together.
  6. Plan a series of events showcasing the voices, knowledge and experiences of BAME women.

WE launches BAME caucus

Women’s Equality Party Conference Topic Overview: BAME Caucus

The launch of a Women’s Equality Party BAME (black, asian, minority ethnic) caucus was something the Southwark committee was extremely pleased to see on the agenda.

A third of all Southwark residents come from Black ethnic backgrounds and the remaining fifth of the residents from mixed, Asian and multiple other ethnic groups. We have a duty to do what we can to ensure our committee and local membership represents the makeup of our Borough. [Source: Southwark Council]

The caucus was created (and hosted by the wonderful Sellisha Lockyer of our Greenwich sister branch) as an open forum amongst WEP members: a blank canvas in terms of discussion, outputs and actions.

What did the group want to get out of the session?

  • Getting women of colour involved in the party
  • Identify policies that we want to include to ensure we make it clear that this is a party for all women (and men)
  • An obligation on each branch to show what they have done to reach out to women of colour
  • Get data on how many people identify as BAME
    • Improve the capabilities of Nationbuilder, where possible to achieve this
    • Identify members and supporters of colour
    • Survey members
  • Create a how to pack and potential training for engaging with women of colour

In less than an hour, many voices aired their concerns, aspirations and challenges around the broad and significant subject of BAME women and WEP.

The above desired outcomes are simply the initial outputs from a positive, collaborative and diverse group discussion: very much a starting point, with a commitment to progress this in earnest.

The team involved are now working out key objectives and processes needed to help decide strategies for increasing BAME membership and policy reviews. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch and we can point you in the right direction!







Women’s Equality Party Conference 2018

Just a month ago, a contingent of Southwark WEPers headed to the party’s second Conference! And what a weekend it was. Over three days we enjoyed a packed agenda centred around:

MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN

Friday Evening

After many of our branch officers spent the day at an intensive activism workshop, sharing how they have made change happen - packed a punch. Opened by Yvonne Thompson CBE and bought to a high by none other than Sophie Walker - this was an impactful and emotional evening.

If you do one thing after reading this email, watch Sohie’s inspiring speech on hopeful feminism.

The WE Voices Open Mic is a rare and wonderful thing: for three hours, the stage and the microphone was anyone’s. Yes: anyone’s.

We heard from women so new to public speaking they were accompanied by Sandi herself. We heard from women sharing truly brave stories about trauma that shaped their life and brought them to the fight for women’s equality.

We heard from women already making a difference, sharing their ideas and successes.

Friday evening showed absolutely everyone that Women’s Equality Party really are doing politics differently.

Saturday

Interested in the impact of Brexit on women… or Sandi’s view of feminist economics? How about what we can do to engage and recruit more BAME women… or whether technology will fix inequality or deepen it? Well Saturday’s agenda of talks and workshops had it all covered.

Sunday

After a hilarious all female comedy night on Saturday night, WE were back bright and early for a day of Party Business. A huge 24 party motions were passed ranging from the party’s new position on Brexit to abolishing the single payment system of Universal Credit. You can check our post about Brexit here.

WE hope this gives you good overview of the conference! Every single one of us took away learnings that we will be able to apply to our work here in Southwark.

In summary - Conference represented what a better world really could look like: women (and men!) of all backgrounds and intersections sharing ideas, inspiration, feedback and experiences with respect, humour and ambition. WE hope you’ll join us at the next one!

PS - watch out for further write ups of some of the sessions that took place throughout Conference.


Women’s Equality Party Conference Topic Overview: Brexit

A key topic covered throughout Conference this year was, unsurprisingly, Brexit. Read on for an overview of the themes discussed.

The Women’s Budget Group reports that Brexit risks ‘turning the clock on gender equality’. The report, entitled Exploring the Economic impact of Brexit on Women was published in partnership with The Fawcett Society and concludes that:

  • A majority of economic authorities predict falls in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of between 1.5% to 9.5% compared to staying in.
  • How big the fall is will depend on the deal we strike with the EU - a ‘no deal’ being the most damaging - and on the outcome of future deals with the 65 countries we will have to negotiate separately with.
  • Those deals will be done under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules which mean higher minimum tariffs: deals where we come off second best could result in a fall in the pound.

What these economic outcomes mean for us is:

  • There are likely to be more public sector spending cuts - with a disproportionate impact on women, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
  • Many sectors heavily dependent on EU trade have a majority female workforce - for example, NHS supplies, manufacturing, clothing and textiles.
  • Much EU-originated legislation protecting equality and workplace rights in jobs typically held by women will be vulnerable to reversal.
  • The same is true of consumer rights.
  • Lone trade deals may mean accepting others' food standards eg US rules allowing chlorination of beef or hormones in beef.
  • Overseas countries may well demand opening government contracts to their companies, losing us more public sector jobs (predominantly occupied by women) and leaving the way open for them to sue us if we try to raise the National Living Wage, for example.
  • Average UK households stand to lose £580 a year - felt most severely by the poorest, usually headed by women.

What’s worse is that we also heard from the Runnymede Trust who reported that BAME women and girls will be worst affected by this, as:

  • They are twice as likely to be in a single parent family.
  • The level of unemployment among BAME women is 7% compared to 3% among white women.
  • They are more likely to be affected by cuts to benefits and social services.  

Conference attendees were also introduced to Women for a People’s Vote, launched at the start of September. Their website states that 56% of women back a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal, and with women set to lose out disproportionately from a bad deal/no deal Brexit, it is more important than ever that our voices are heard in this debate.”

They are calling for the nation to not leave Brexit in the hands of Westminster, where just 32% of MPs are women and therefore a group of women making the case for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.

Ultimately, this all led up to the passing of a WEP Conference resolution calling for "any deal with the EU - or, absent any deal, any unilateral Brexit plan - to be subject to a meaningful parliamentary assessment and vote or, failing guarantees of such a process, a People’s Vote, with an option to Remain"

The motion also (after amends) resolved to:

  • Work, if we remain in the EU, to ensure that the EU's future policies include systematic integration of equal opportunities for all women by altering decision-making rules and norms.
  • Work, if we leave the EU, for the retention and improvement of rights for women gained through EU membership.
  • Oppose the diminution of such rights.

Click here to view the full motion, including amendments.


Anti-FGM Campaigning

During the Peckham festival (16 & 17 September) WE were extremely excited to launch a campaign with a local campaigner, petitioning Southwark Council to reverse the cuts to funding for FGM services in the borough.

The borough of Southwark has the highest proportion of women who have undergone FGM in the UK. It’s estimated that at least 10% of all Southwark girls are born to survivors of FGM.

 

What is FGM?

FGM (female genital mutilation) or ‘cutting’ involves partial or full removal of the clitoris, partial or full removal of the labia and the clitoris or full removal of all external genitalia and the stitching of the vulva.

 

Meet Sarian Kamara

Peckham based anti - FGM campaigner

When Sarian was a young girl in Sierra Leone she was taken, with her sisters, to be cut. Culturally this ‘rite of passage’ brings honour and respect upon young women, but crucially is not discussed until the young girl is about to be cut. Sarian remembers vividly the drums playing louder and louder as she screamed in pain.

Years on - Sarian, now living in Peckham, is saving the lives of girls who are at risk of FGM. Through her initiative Keep the Drums, Lose the Knife she provides a safe space for women and couples to share their experiences and discuss the ongoing impacts FGM has had on their life.

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What does Sarian want you to know?

FGM is shrouded in silence so Sarian tackles this head on, through campaigning and education. In partnership with Sarian, WE want to bust some myths:

  • FGM is sexual abuse
  • FGM is not linked to religion
  • FGM is happening here in Southwark

FGM has an ongoing physical and emotional impact on women, such as lifelong pain during urination, sexual activity and childbirth as well as internalised shame and continuing mental trauma, especially with intimacy.

 

What are WE doing?

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Local council cuts are impacting women’s services. Women’s Equality Party Southwark spent the weekend gathering signatures for a petition calling on Southwark council to ring-fence specific FGM related funds, to ensure:

  • Sarian and other local campaigners can continue to raise awareness and educate communities
  • Specific training can be given to healthcare professionals to identify and support victims
  • Local schools can receive training to identify signs of girls being prepared for or having been cut.

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We also raised money for Sarian - by selling these beautiful vulva cupcakes!

Please continue to support our campaign by signing our >ONLINE PETITION<

Please also share in your social networks!

 


Southwark's candidates announced!

The Women’s Equality Party Southwark is delighted to announce that we have TWO outstanding candidates for the 3rd of May 2018 Local Council Elections!

Claire and Eileen will be standing in the Goose Green and Borough & Bankside wards respectively. You can check which Southwark ward you live in by clicking here. If you live in either of these wards – you can be part of the electorate that votes in Southwark’s first ever Women’s Equality Party Local Councillor! But if live in another ward – do not despair! There is plenty of other ways you can help… which I will get on to… but first – let me tell you a little bit about our candidates:

 

Eileen Scholes – Borough & Bankside ward

Lifelong feminist, unapologetic baby boomer and LGBTQ campaigner, Eileen is active in WE’s Southwark branch, and the party nationally. Her constant aim is to expose how preconceptions about gender hold back our society at every level. Originally a journalist, Eileen managed a successful media agency employing 50+ people before heading up PricewaterhouseCooper's UK Communications Practice, becoming an advisor to the BBC’s New Media division and finally a Whitehall civil servant. 68-years-old Eileen lives in East Dulwich with her female partner and two teenage daughters. Two sons from a previous marriage have so far gifted her four grandchildren. 

Southwark Women’s Equality Party – Promoted by Alaina Crystal on behalf of Eileen Scholes, both at Studio 18, Blue Lion Place, 237 Long Ln, London SE1 4PU

 

Claire Empson – Goose Green ward

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“I joined the Women’s Equality Party as a founding member because I didn’t feel represented by my local and national government.

Having lived and worked in East Dulwich for over 15 years, I am both a local business owner and a mother at the heart of this community. I have always done business and politics differently. Women make up more than half of this area but we are not represented equally or fairly by Southwark council.

I want to create the change I want to see for my children! Throughout my life, I have seen a problem and taken action.

WE will put equality at the top of the agenda. Because equality is better for everyone.

Southwark Council has been held by Labour for 8 years. It’s time for a new perspective and independent voice to hold them to account! I have autonomy outside of our WEP manifesto meaning you can count on me personally to take a positive interest in local women’s equality, childcare, violence against women and girls, environmental issues, LGBTGI+ issues, housing and the needs of small business owners.”

Southwark Women’s Equality Party – Promoted by Claire Webb on behalf of Claire Empson, both at Studio 18, Blue Lion Place, 237 Long Ln, London SE1 4PU

 

Can you help elect Southwark’s first ever Women’s Equality Party Councillor?

We are focusing our efforts on the Goose Green ward and we need all the help we can get - it’s not too late to get involved. Please get in touch at womensequalitypartysouthwark@gmail.com if you can:

  • Help at our information stall on North Cross Road (Saturdays)
  • Come out canvassing! >CLICK HERE FOR DATES, INFO, AND TO SIGN UP< full training provided and you can partner with someone
  • Leaflet for us
  • Put a poster in your window (if you’re in the ward)

 

 


Goose Green WEP Council Candidate Announced!

Hello from your local Women’s Equality Party candidate!

WE have some great news for you!

Women’s Equality Party Southwark are utterly thrilled to announce that we will have a candidate in the council elections in May. And that candidate is our very own branch leader, Claire Empson.

Would you like to campaign for Claire? Come along to our candidate launch party on 1st March and find out how you can get involved. If you can’t make it, email us and we’ll give you all the information you need.

 

Candidate launch party!

When: Thursday 1st March, from 7pm

Where: The Lordship, 211 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HA

>>RSVP HERE<<

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Here are some words from Claire:

I joined the Women’s Equality Party as a founding member because I didn’t feel represented by my local and national government.

Having lived and worked in East Dulwich for over 15 years, I am both a local business owner and a mother at the heart of this community. I have always done business and politics differently. Women make up more than half of this area but we are not represented equally or fairly by Southwark council.

I want to create the change I want to see for my children! Throughout my life, I have seen a problem and taken action.

WE will put equality at the top of the agenda. Because equality is better for everyone.

Southwark Council has been held by Labour for 8 years. It’s time for a new perspective and independent voice to hold them to account! I have autonomy outside of our WEP manifesto meaning you can count on me personally to take a positive interest in local women’s equality, childcare, violence against women and girls, environmental issues, LGBTGI+ issues, housing and the needs of small business owners.

You can count on me to take action on equality, childcare, violence against women and girls, environmental issues, LGBTGI+ issues, housing and the needs of small business owners.


Join me!
Together let’s change local politics.
Vote for the Women’s Equality Party on 3rd May!

Fearless Women

On Monday the 20th November, WE were delighted to hold another inspirational event for our members, supporters and friends: ‘Fearless Women’. Our aim was to give these couragous women, who are bravely stepping into areas unknown, a platform to tell their stories. Whether it be sport or outdoor pursuits and challenges; coverage of women and their stories in this area is grossly under-delivered.

First up was Antonia and Leanne from Body Shot PT, who work with professional men and women who want to remove all the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition.

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Leanne told us her story of how she got into boxing for the first time and how that led to her taking part in her first ever boxing match, against another female competitor. She described the training she underwent, her experience of her match and most importantly perhaps - what she learnt from the experience. Of course, she wanted to win, but she was in hindsight happy with the draw as a result. She could look back and see her areas for development. “Failure is not about failing, it’s about learning”, she told the attendees. She described the nerves she felt in the run up to the match and on the day - all part of the positive learning experience for her and her body. She described the amount of energy she felt, doing something she loved and was passionate about.

“The power of your discomfort zone is immense”.

“Challenge yourself to things that scare you. Put yourself outside your comfort zone. It will give you more confidence and more ‘swagger’!”

Leanne’s advice was powerful and entertaining! It doesn’t matter what it is you’re doing, trying new things that challenge you gives you new perspectives, energy and passion. 

Both Leanne and Antonia told the audience about their new and upcoming adventure: the Arctic Circle Race 2019! Another extreme sport neither of which neither have any experience! Leanne went on to tell us that the reason she pushes herself to complete these challenges is her father, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. She runs for her Dad.

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Up next was the infectiously positive Kiko Matthews. Who told us her equally inspiring story. Kiko joked that her mission to row solo 3000 miles across the Atlantic seemed the best way to grab Prince Harry’s attention for a date! Unfortunate recent news for you, Kiko! Kiko was always an active, sporty character who cared greatly about the environment. It was in 2009that she became severely ill with Cushings disease. Kiko went on to make a full recovery and with this experience, claims she no longer fears death and thus has no fear of her imminent mission. She, so movingly, told the audience that 7 years on she wants to live her life to the fullest and challenge her mind and body to see what they are capable of.

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She aims to take on this transatlantic mission in a world record time - 45 days (11 days less than the current record of 56 days)! She took us on a 365 degree tour of the carbon fibre boat, and soon to be home, that she will row across the ocean. Considering she had no rowing experience before her training began - this will be quite a feat! She went on to describe why she has no fear of the what ifs - it’s about utilising resources and energy. Kiko’s powerful message made us all reflect on our own lives:

“The minute you stop worrying, stressing and are honest about who you are, you have more energy.”

“Money can get in the way. You can learn ways around things and be innovative when you don’t rely on it.”

Kiko’s mission is motivated by the desire to raise funds for King’s College Hospital; whose staff saved her life back in 2009, and again in 2017 when the Cushings made an inconvenient return. Fortunately it was less severe this time, and she was able to get back to training almost immediately after leaving hospital! Beyond this, she is running ‘100 Together’: to enable 100 women to be part of the world record team. For many of the women she has enlisted, it’s their first attempt at a regular sport. 

Do take a look at Kiko’s website to see all of the incredible events, projects, and initiatives she has planned, which focus on her main motivators: empowering women and protecting the  environment. 

Towards the event of this awe-inspiring event, an audience member articulated how refreshing it was that all three women created a differentiation between fitness and body image. All three women wholeheartedly agreed and emphasised that physical challenge, in whatever form you can personally manage, is about creating resilience and energy. This is what drives real happiness, and not aspiring towards an idealised concept of body image.

“Focus on how you feel rather than how you looks. The aim is to you use your body to achieve things. This is what gives you vitality”

 


Written by Rachel Barber

 


The Gender Agenda: Let's get women into Local Government!

Did you know that of the total 650 MPs in Westminster, only 208 are women? That is less than a third. To get to at least 50% representation we need another 118 female members of parliament.* But the situation is even worse in local government: a third may be women, but only 17% are council leaders, and 3000 more female councillors are needed to make it 50:50.* One of the Women’s Equality Party’s objectives is Equal Representation and our very own policy document states:

 

“Government at all levels, from councils through the devolved legislatures to the UK government in Whitehall and Westminster, ought to lead the way on diversity, not be pushed into action by others.”

 

So, with local council elections coming up in early 2018 we were honoured to host an event on Monday 17th October, aimed at empowering women to get involved in local government.

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Our first speaker was Robert Jamieson from Southwark Community Action Network, he talked us through the structure of Southwark Council and the current parties represented. He talked us through some of the current councillors, and what sectors they represent; such as social regeneration, new homes, financial inclusion etc. Robert then went on to visualise the Council Committee structure for us, explaining that this structure is how decision makers are held to account. Community council meetings are open to local residents and give you the opportunity to submit issues for discussion. Robert closed by listing what allowances and expenditures councillors are entitled to: an important factor for enabling people to become Councillors.

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Second on our panel was the inspiring Samantha Jury-Dada from the Labour Party (Southwark’s youngest Councillor). She began by telling us the story of how she started her journey as a Councillor: she was elected as part of a by-election and had to get thoroughly stuck in! Which she definitely did. She spoke of her frustrations in local government when she has been unable to make changes. However, she also described the work she had done that had been really rewarding; such as the knife crime strategy she created, and her work to combat youth justice. She noted that “how we look at youth violence is gendered”, and she said that she is planning to look into the impact of youth violence on Southwark’s young women. Samantha closed by saying that as a Councillor it is really important to take care of yourself. Online abuse is a reality, especially if you’re a woman, of colour, and LGBT. BUT, as she explained - when you stand, you’re part of a team. People come together and support you... and as we were about to hear from Jo Shaw: we have to stand against the sexism and stand up for what we believe in, for the community.

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Lastly, we heard from the wonderfully experienced Barrister Jo Shaw. A 2016 WEP Mayoral Candidate and former Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate, she explained that ‘being creative’ is a big part of standing for government - local and national. She shared some stellar advice for any budding Councillors: “put aside worrying what people think of you and have a clear purpose and context for why you’re putting yourself forward. Don’t be hard on yourself.” Jo reiterated Samantha’s advice of self-care. When talking of the things that were great about being a candidate she said she found canvassing really enjoyable! She was initially surprised by this, but found that most people were delighted to be asked their opinions about local issues. This is what WE found when canvassing for the 2017 General Election. Would you like to try canvassing with us next year in the local elections? If so, get in touch! Jo poignantly bought the panel to a close, referencing “the privilege of standing for your values and your principles. Leadership in any form can be lonely, but you learn masses. You meet people you’d never normally meet.”

 

Never have truer words been said about encouraging women to stand:

 

“If not me, who? We need more and more women to stand in government. The job of equality is not done.”

 

Huge thanks to Jo for this powerful call to arms, to Robert for such useful and transparent insights, and to Samantha for such inspiring and encouraging words.

 

Are you interested in standing as a Councillor in Southwark for the Women’s Equality Party? Please let us know! We will provide coaching on our campaign themes and policy areas as well as a canvassing and campaign team.

 

Are there any themes or issues you’d like to see us cover? Let us know! Email us at: womensequalitypartysouthwark@gmail.com 

You can follow us on the following social media channels:

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*Stats taken from 50:50 Parliament and the Institute for Public Policy Research

 


How Being a Bloody Difficult Woman Could be Good for Your Career

Being a bloody difficult woman, according to Claudia, is not about being deliberately disruptive; it’s about being assertive, it’s about being independent, it’s about being a self-leader and tackling problems when you see them, rather than waiting for others to do so. A difficult woman doesn’t allow herself to be controlled by men, Claudia explains. In today’s patriarchal society, that unfortunately means a difficult woman can be seen as threatening to men and some women.

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It’s important and significant that Claudia does not shy away from using the label ‘difficult’. Why? Claudia shares some heartbreaking statistics. Women are responsible for ⅔ of the world’s working hours but make only 10% of the world’s income. We produce 50% of the world’s food and own just 1% of the land. Globally we now outperform men but work well below our competence level, (Tom Schuller in ‘The Paula Principle’).

 

During the event, we tweeted this staggering fact, explaining that this is just one of the reasons the Women’s Equality Party exists. Unsurprisingly, the ‘leader of the MASCULIST movement’ responded with the oh so predictable and validating comment: “You exist because women don’t work as hard as they could/should?”

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It’s crystal clear really, just how important Claudia’s work is for the strengthening, confidence-building and empowerment of talented women.

 

Claudia goes on to share a very personal story with the audience This is the story about the exact moment she decided to change her life by becoming the ‘difficult woman’ she was accused of being. “Women in authority are often seen as threatening” and are thus sometimes victims of abuse and violence. She recognises that in order to succeed and challenge this prejudice, it’s important to be a ‘difficult’ woman, but re-frame it and see it from a positive perspective.

 

Claudia tells us how she decided she wants ‘to change the world, one woman at a time’. Her coaching and mentoring business enables women to demonstrate power and leadership, to challenge, to focus on being respected rather than being liked Her advice? “Be calm, be substantial and difficult, be principled.” She suggests we take inspiration from the Sufragettes.

 

The audience then had the privilege of gaining a step by step insight into a couple of aspects of her coaching methodology – knowing your values and identifying your why. “Knowing your values helps you to be a difficult woman for a greater purpose and stand for what you believe. Being a difficult woman with clear values increases your respect and admiration from others”. One especially lucky audience volunteer received a mini coaching session from Claudia, helping her find her ‘why’ in her path to becoming a difficult woman and focusing on what truly drives her personally and professionally.

 

Claudia skillfully combined personal experience, actionable advice and professional inspiration… with as expected, the calm, poise and authority of a truly difficult woman! Audience members took the opportunity to ask her questions and told us this was a truly confidence building session.

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WE, like Claudia, are driven by equality and the belief that women's equality and opportunity makes a better society for all. WE be believe in doing politics differently and this is why we are dedicated to hosting events and conversations such as this.

 

Are there any themes or issues you’d like to see us cover? Let us know! Email us at: womensequalitypartysouthwark@gmail.com 

 

You can follow us on the following social media channels:

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Click here to find out more about Claudia's self-made business--> Winning Pathways Coaching


WE Southwark's busy September weekend

WE in Southwark just had an amazingly busy weekend with three community events back to back!

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On Saturday 19th WE were at the Pasley Park Fete, Kennington, where we enjoyed talking to the local residents about what issues matter to them most. We did get rained on a couple of times quite heavily - but it didn’t dampen our spirits for talking about all things equality, neither did it deter the local kids from buying our fabulous home made cakes!

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Later on WE held a Fringe event as part of the Peckham Festival, at Space 61 in Nunhead, where we revived five forgotten heroines of Southwark and had a great time educating our audience - and ourselves - about each character and what they have done for women's equality, as well as throwing in some ideas on what they would think of Southwark today, what are it’s biggest issues, and choosing a feminist anthem to represent them! Cake was also involved..

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Sunday 17th saw us setting up inside the Community area of Copeland Park / Bussey Building in Peckham for the Peckham Festival. Nearby the stage, it was a prime spot to hear the music and to sticker all the dancing kids nearby with WEP stickers.. We gathered a lot of information that afternoon on what are the most important issues to Peckham Residents. It also gave one of our Co-Branch Leaders a chance to pretend to be on the 'Apprentice' when 6pm came, by going outside with our donation bucket and the last of the cakes, tempting the crowds watching the music into buying them! 

 


  
        
  

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