Politics is stalling. WE are the start-up.
WE stand for every woman, and we start by listening. What do you want?
In 1996, The Women’s Communication Centre distributed postcards in banks, libraries, cafes and community centres across the UK asking women one simple question: “What do you want?”
Ten thousand women responded. The answers offered unprecedented insights into women’s thoughts, opinions and needs, and had a significant impact on the gender debate at the time. The project changed the political landscape and policy agenda, and fed into equalities legislation.
WE are doing it all over again.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this historic survey, WE are partnering with What Women Want 2.0, asking 'What do you want?' to a new generation of women. We will also hear from the women who responded in 1996 to understand what, if anything, has changed for them.
WE are offering women across the UK a blank space on which to share the realities of their lived experience. And WE will listen carefully to every response.
At a turning point in national politics, the views and experiences of British women are vital for shaping the UK’s next steps, yet recent debate has largely left women at the margins.
As the larger political parties continue to fumble over the “women question”, WE know that it’s much more straightforward: we ask them.
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 email@example.com.
#WEcount is a campaign to reclaim Britain’s streets for women, UK-wide. WE launched the nationwide campaign following a highly successful London-based campaign in March, when the city’s women posted on social media and an interactive map to mark their experiences of violence, harassment and assault.
“WE are now extending #WEcount across the UK so that women right across the country can make their voices heard and say: this must stop,” said Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party and its London Mayoral candidate.
"WE are asking our supporters to post photos of their hands on social media with the hashtag #WEcount, showing a postcode or place where they have experienced sexual harassment, assault or verbal abuse. Alternatively, they can email their photos to WEcount@womensequality.emailnb.com to be posted anonymously.”
The campaign also includes a film featuring Pavan Amara, who built the “My Body Back” project after being attacked and has helped hundreds of women who have been assaulted to reclaim their lives.
“Thousands of women experience unwanted sexual behaviour every day, and harassment is on the rise,” said Walker. “Our streets are not safe. WE will show this by live mapping the locations where women report having experienced catcalling, flashing, verbal abuse, harassment and physical assault.”
Women can mark their experiences on an interactive map of the UK by dropping a Google-maps-style pin. In London, this map was on display for one week on a dedicated billboard at Westfield shopping centre, Shepherd’s Bush.
And in a digital first, the campaign will be brought to life for Londoners with the use of a new visual browsing app, BlippAR.
WE have painted 10 physical markers – which show the Google maps pin transformed into an exclamation mark – at locations around the capital, from the Houses of Parliament to Parliament Hill. People who ‘Blipp’ the mark will receive a host of content and information about the campaign, as well as details of what support is available.
Walker added: “An estimated 400,000 sexual offences against women occur in the UK each year. Despite their frequency, the majority of these incidents are unreported, and women are left feeling unsafe and unable to walk without fear on their own streets. WE want to reclaim our streets.”
“WE are the only party who are making the sexual abuse and harassment of women a political priority. WE will show that women right across the UK are affected by this every day – and that every one of us counts.”
A list of organisations that offer support to survivors of sexual assault can be found here >>
If you are affected by these issues, you can click here for details of support services.
The Women's Equality Party is a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men so that all can flourish.
WE are here to give voice to all those who share our belief that equality is better for everyone.
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