Women’s Equality Party Elections 2020
Nominations will open at 9am on 1 September, (please do not apply before that date). All applications will need to be submitted by 24 September, and voting will take place online between 18 October and 16 November 2020.
There will be a hustings session at Party Conference for candidates for the respective roles and committees to engage with members and debate each other.
The Steering Committee has five vacant positions and Movement Builder for Equal Parenting and Caregiving is also vacant, they will be elected by simple majority.
Who can vote?
Party members can vote. Now that the ballot is open supporters can join as a member and vote. To do so they must take out an annual membership, paying by card, in order to be eligible to take part in the election, as the bank cannot process any other form of membership before the ballot closes.
What does the Steering Committee do?
The Steering Committee is the Party’s central decision-making body outside of Party Conferences. It steers the direction of the Party by agreeing strategy, planning ahead and reacting to internal and external factors. It monitors the Party’s activities and outcomes against its mission, aims and objectives, and makes sure the Party’s activities are within the budget it sets and approves each year. It is also the body with the sole discretion to decide when and where WE stand candidates in elections.
Who should put themselves forward?
The Party needs a breadth of experience, skills and expertise in these important strategic roles. Committee members need to be able to debate, listen, analyse and work together to reach consensus about Party direction. If you are committed to steering and growing our movement of political activists, to making it diverse and representative of all women, if you have the time and energy WE need, please put yourself forward.
WE encourage members from underrepresented groups to put themselves forward. If someone you know would be a great addition to the Steering Committee, please encourage them to apply!
The Policy Committee has three vacant positions, including two representatives for Wales for the first time! Each role will be elected by a simple majority.
Spokesperson for Equality in Wales
Movement Builder for Equality in Wales
Movement Builder for Equal Parenting and Caregiving
What is the Policy Committee?
The Policy Committee is made of the spokesperson and movement builder for each of our seven policy goals and the party in Scotland and now Wales. It is chaired by the leader of the party, Mandu Reid.
The Committee helps us communicate our fantastic policies far and wide, growing our movement and representing us as spokespeople at events and in the media.
What does a policy spokesperson do?
Working with the Party Leader and central staff, as well the movement builder in their area, spokespeople spread our Party’s policies and aims as far and wide as possible through media engagement, events, branches and networks. They take a lead on the policy area they represent, always looking for opportunities for engagement and keeping abreast of political and sector developments in their area.
What does a policy movement builder do?
Working with the Party Leader and central staff, as well the spokesperson in their policy area, movement builders focus on developing the relationships and networks with individuals and organisations working in their policy area, to build support and momentum for our work. From small grass roots organisations to national bodies, and including our branches and members with an interest in the policy area, this role is to connect and inspire people with our policies and related campaigns.
Here’s what one of our current committee members had to say about being on the Policy Committee:
WE encourage members from underrepresented groups to apply, particularly Disabled women.
Full guidance is available here.
Please make sure you submit this Equalities Monitoring Form when you submit your application.