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The COVID crisis laid bare the shameful inequalities at the heart of our society, with the most marginalised hit hardest by both the virus and the economic turmoil it caused.
Women make up a staggering 98% of those doing the highest risk jobs for poverty wages, domestic abuse has gone through the roof, and it is overwhelmingly women who have shouldered the additional responsibility for unpaid care and childcare during the last year. This May’s elections are a vital opportunity to send a message to those in power and to elect a Women’s Equality Party representative to the London Assembly to shape how we build back from this crisis.
The London elections on the 6th May 2021 are special, the electoral system is fairer meaning that every vote counts and smaller parties always win seats. You can also vote for multiple parties as there is more than one ballot paper so you can share your vote to ensure that you have the most impact on final results.
The orange ballot paper decides which candidates will join the London Assembly to make real change happen. Last year, as a party that was just months old, we achieved 3.5% of the overall vote - and need just 5% to get a seat. This year, WE can win.
What are the Women's Equality Party's main policies?
Invest in Care
Care workers are overwhelmingly female, disproportionately marginalised, undervalued and underpaid. A vote for WEP would guarantee a London living wage for all care workers in the city, investment in a care-led recovery by supporting people to retrain as health and care workers, a historic rebalance of public spending with pound-for-pound investment in physical and social infrastructure, and we would prioritise the reopening of respite care and other support to unpaid carers.
End Violence against women and girls
COVID has led to a shocking increase in domestic abuse, but we must not pretend that our city’s violence crisis started there. Just 3% of rape cases now result in a conviction and the Met have spent much of the past four years forcing survivors to endure digital strip searches, whilst charging perpetrators at 1/7th of the rate they were when Sadiq Khan first came to office. A vote for WEP would make London a sanctuary city for migrant survivors of abuse who the government excludes from public funds, commit to never turning a woman away from a refuge, do a complete review of Met handling of rape cases - charge rates are 1/7th of what they were five years ago, and refocus funding on the prevention of crime - violence is not inevitable, we need to invest in.
A Wellbeing Economy
There is a crisis of imagination in UK politics. In the face of a global pandemic, the second ‘once in a generation’ economic crisis of the decade, spiraling inequality and irreversible damage to our climate we cannot simply return to business as usual. London can and must learn from the COVID crisis and build a wellbeing economy that serves our whole community. A vote for WEP would push for an economy focused on people rather than profit. Consumption and continual growth serves the most powerful, and it's time to make an economic model that works for everyone.
Ensure we Build Back Equal from the COVID crisis by pledging to vote for the Women Equality Party on the 🍊orange🍊 ballot this May.
Published and promoted by Amy Killen on behalf of Mandu Reid and the Women's Equality Party all at Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London EC1V 2NX.