Jeanie Lynch of Exeter CoLab will be joining our virtual social club this month. Jeanie runs the 'Resilient Women' programme which works with women who are either/or living on the streets/functionally homeless and in or on the margins of the criminal justice system.
Once we've heard from Jeanie and had a chance to discuss their topic, we'll have time for a casual chat with other members and supporters of the Exeter branch. It can range from challenges with COVID to what you're read or watched lately, or who your feminist hero of the month is.
Join our virtual social club on Wednesday 10 March at 6pm. RSVP below to save your free place.
WE are selecting candidates for the Lothian (including Edinburgh) and Glasgow regional lists!
Join us at this event to hear from members who are competing for a place on our two regional lists. There'll also be a chance to ask questions and party members will vote to select their candidates.
RSVP for the event below so you don't miss updates. If you're interested in being a candidate in these elections you can find out more about applying - the deadline to apply is Wednesday 24th February at 11.59 pm.
See you there!
The London elections are a key campaign for the Women's Equality Party and we're fighting to win an important seat on the London Assembly - the elected body which holds the Mayor of London to account - as well as running for Mayor ourselves. Our voice and our message have never been more crucial: as we begin to recover from COVID and from Brexit we must ensure that we Build Back Equal. COVID was the great revealer of inequality in our society and it is vital that women and minoritised groups are not forgotten in the recovery period.
At this phonebank you will be calling voters to persuade them to vote for us. By giving your time, you'll be able to make a massive difference to our campaign by canvassing voters and asking volunteers like you to sign up to get involved in the campaign.
Things you need to know:
☕ Make sure you have tea and snacks on hand as calling is thirsty work!
📱 Bring your phone - only if you have enough minutes and are happy to do so. We’ll help you turn caller ID off so your number won’t be shared. If you have any questions about this please get in touch on the email below.
😰 If you have never done a phonebank before, or feel nervous about calling strangers, be reassured that we will provide full training at the start and call scripts, and answer all your questions before you start calling.
💻 You'll need your computer/device so we can connect to each other on zoom for the training and to get support as we go along. Staff and senior volunteers will be there to help and support.
🎉 There's a lot to celebrate! Fundraising and voter targets, best calls and most successful - although we can't all get together this will be a social event where you can connect with other volunteers.
Our local elections will be very different this year. This online meeting is for any member or supporter of WE Exeter who would like to help with our campaign. We don't expect to be walking the hills of the city as we've done in previous years, but we are planning to stand in more wards across Devon.
Please RSVP for the meeting so we can send you the link and know to expect you. It also means if we need to move the meeting we know who to contact.
We’re super keen to meet all our wonderful members and supporters. Next Saturday 13 March we’ll be holding an informal branch meeting.
This will be an opportunity to get to know who we are, what we’re up to, and most importantly, what our plans are for the GLA elections. Come with a cuppa and any questions!
Later we are having a friendly and informal zoom meeting to chat about Bad Girls by Caitlin Davies. We are so pleased to announce that Caitlin is able to join us for a bonus hour from 630pm to 730pm to chat about why she wrote the book and what she discovered about women in the prison system in the process. You are very welcome to join us even if you have not finished the book, all input really is welcome. Bring a drink and say hello.
Main discussion 730pm. Meet the author at 630pm.
Please join us for a friendly and informal zoom meeting to chat about Bad Girls by Caitlin Davies. We will also be discussing women and the prison system in general to broaden our knowledge of women who get caught in the criminal justice system. You are very welcome to join us even if you have not finished the book, all input really is welcome. Bring a drink and say hello.
This month's Branch Meeting will be via Zoom. We'll be discussing our ongoing campaigns, with a focus on the London elections in 2021.
Everyone welcome and there are always new people attending - no experience of politics necessary!
Zoom details will be emailed to all respondents who RSVP.
"Sometimes ideas change the world. This astonishing, miraculous, shattering, inspiring book captures the origins and the arc of the movement for sex equality. It’s a book whose time has come - always, but perhaps now more than ever.”
Leeds Branch of the Women's Equality Party will be holding the next in our series of 'Culture Club', our regular book and film discussion group, on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 7.30pm online via Zoom.
Our book of the evening is Butterfly Politics by Catharine A. MacKinnon.
"Butterfly Politics shows how Catharine A. MacKinnon turned discrimination law into an effective tool against sexual abuse―grounding and predicting the worldwide #MeToo movement―and proposes concrete steps that could have further butterfly effects on women’s rights."
"MacKinnon adapts a concept from chaos theory in which the tiny motion of a butterfly’s wings can trigger a tornado half a world away. Under the right conditions, she posits, small actions can produce major social transformations."
We will also be discussing the film Bridesmaids (available on Netflix).
If you would like to read ahead, April's book is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.
You are welcome to join us, whether or not you have read the book or watched the film.
To join the Zoom meeting click here or use meeting ID: 984 2631 2129 & passcode: 264172.
Join us on the 24th of March 2021 for an immersive journey through history to look at Women's incredible contribution in WW1. Have you ever been interested in learning more about the unseen Army?
This is the event for you. We will hear from Sarah Snow about the role Women played in WW1, both in the UK and overseas.