WE have an eight point plan for a flourishing economy and an equal society that works better for everyone.
1. A caring economy
WE offer a fresh approach that will build a sustainable caring economy that works for everyone.
2. Shared parental leave
WE will implement a fully equal system of nine months shared parental leave on 90% of pay, with a 3-month use-it-or-lose-it provision for each parent.
3. Free universal childcare
WE will implement full-time, high quality, free childcare for all children from the end of shared parental leave.
4. An end to violence against women
WE will repair the broken funding model for specialist services, including services that are for and led by BAME women. WE will put prevention, protection and provision at the heart of all our policies and WE will not rest until all women and girls are free from violence and harassment.
5. Unleashing women’s talent
By reforming our education system and tackling the reductive and often hypersexualised depiction of women in the media, WE will unleash the talent of all.
6. Equality in health and social care
WE will make sure our healthcare system works for women and men alike, putting the furthest from equality first, and ensure that social care is recognised not as an adjunct to economic activity but as its underpinning.
WE will build an immigration system with gender equality and social justice at its heart. WE will design trade deals that work for everybody. WE will make sure Brexit does not turn back the clock on gender equality through secondary legislation.
8. Invest in what matters
WE will invest in what matters and make sure our social infrastructure works as well as our physical infrastructure. WE will invest in homes, not houses, and restore our education, health care and social care systems. All our policies are costed and will not increase the burden on low and average income households.
This General Election is a chance to put hope and opportunity back on the agenda.
But WE can’t do it without you. Please support our election campaign.
When WE stand in our first parliamentary election, for the first time voters can choose a political party that will, as a priority, build a country:
where carers are valued and their work understood as a vital economic motor that can also lift the strain on the NHS;
where gendered government budgets work for women;
where future trade deals bring jobs for women as well as men;
where our education, skills and training enables young people to flourish according to their talents rather than their sex;
where women’s services are nourished and funded;
with a cohesive society that fosters mutual respect and ends violence against women.
Let’s make this vision a reality.
WE can’t wait any longer to make women’s voices heard. Please donate to our election campaign today.Donate
Co-founder Catherine Mayer has written a new book that not only makes a compelling case for gender equality, it also shows us the gender-equal world WE are working to create: Equalia.
Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World!, will be published by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, in the UK and Commonwealth on International Women’s Day, 8 March, followed by Canada in May and the USA in September.
Catherine’s book is the story of the Women's Equality Party - and so much more besides.
It lays bare the mechanisms that keep women down. It doesn’t shy away from tackling the debates that divide feminism and sometimes risk dividing WE. And it sets out her global research, including a trip to Iceland, which inspired her to make a call for Women’s Day Off in 2018.
Catherine will be talking about the book at a brilliant Intelligence Squared debate moderated by Emily Maitlis and featuring Catherine, Jess Phillips, June Eric-Udorie and David Baddiel.
London, 8 March
Waterstones has organised six launch events featuring Catherine:
Cardiff, 14 March
Liverpool, 16 March
Manchester, 18 March
Oxford, 21 March
Reading, 22 March
Brighton, 23 March
In addition, Attack of the Fifty Foot Women will be launched at the Aye Write Festival.
Glasgow, 19 March
And at Belfast’s Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics.
Belfast, March 20
**WE members can claim a free Attack of the Fifty Foot Women tote bag at all Waterstone’s events when they show their membership card.**
There will be many more book events and locations throughout the year so keep checking back for details.
WE are building a new UK, in this new political landscape, with equality front and centre.
The task ahead of us is huge: to build a new economy, to negotiate trade, to rethink large parts of our legislation, and decide what kind of immigration system we want moving forward.
We must listen to the people who wanted to leave the European Union and understand the opportunities they now seek. We must listen to the people who wanted to stay and understand the values they sought to defend.
We must, with everything we have, work to understand what others have not.
And we must take the power that we have to build the country we want to live in.
We are more determined than ever to do politics differently.
WE are ready to build a future that is fair for all.
We will be consulting with our membership across the UK as part of a national conversation on how our policies should be shaped.
Party leader Sophie Walker is touring the country to ask members and branches about the changes they want to see.
If you're a member, get in touch with your local branch to find out how you can get involved.
And if you're not a member yet, join the party and have a hand in shaping your own future.
Make e-Quality a reality
On Monday (13 June) Parliament will debate the Policing and Crime Bill. Together with the Liberal Democrats, WE are putting forward amendments to protect victims of revenge porn.
Help make this a win for women.
What is revenge porn?
Revenge porn is the publication of explicit material portraying someone who has not consented for the image or video to be shared. Once images start circulating online, it is difficult to bring an end to the abuse. Often the posts include private information including the victim’s name, links to social media profiles, telephone numbers and addresses. Anonymous harassers then spread the material to further humiliate the victim.
Ninety per cent of victims of revenge porn are women. Nearly all of these women suffer significant emotional distress, and many are faced with further harassment and stalking.
What is the Women’s Equality Party doing about it?
WE are calling for improvements to the current law to prevent revenge porn and help victims get justice. Together with the Liberal Democrats, WE are calling for:
anonymity for victims to empower them to seek justice
compensation for victims
protection from those who promote, solicit or profit from revenge porn
WE are also monitoring the impact of the new Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 and WE are working with experts across the UK and in the US to design legislative proposals to tackle the epidemic scale of online abuse against women and girls.
What can I do about it?
You can immediately help us put an end to revenge pornography by encouraging your local MP to support our cross-party amendments. Use our email template to contact your MP this weekend ahead of the vote on Monday 13 June. Alternatively, you can tweet your local MP:
.@[INSERT TWITTER HANDLE OF YOUR LOCAL MP] @WEP_UK help put an end to #revengeporn by supporting amendment NC 46/47/61/62 to policing and crime bill #CtrlAltDelete
If you have been affected by revenge porn, contact the Revenge Porn Helpline from 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday on 0845 6000 459. Emails can be sent at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.