Member-Wide Consultation - Women's Equality

Member-Wide Consultation

Member-Wide Consultation



The Women’s Equality Party is carrying out a consultation with our members on what changes, if any, need to be made to our policies in the context of the special debate on the 2018 conference motion on the Gender Recognition Act. This page is a one-stop-shop where you can find out more about the background to the consultation, the methodology and stages of the consultation, and where you will be able to access information about and evidence presented to the members' assembly. 


WE are proud of the approach we are taking towards a topic that has been handled poorly by the government and other parties. WE reject the division that has been sewn and intensified by a media and social media interested in soundbites and sides. 

In designing this process WE have sought to create:

  • A process and an environment where those who don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye can share and be honest about what they think and feel - where no-one is silenced, bullied, belittled, or marginalised.
  • A place where our disagreements and differences are not weaponised to divide us, but instead provide opportunities for us to listen to and learn from each other and move towards each other and towards consensus - rather than away from each other. 

Why are we doing a consultation? 

At our last party conference in 2018, members debated a motion and amendment to the motion, on changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and referred this back to the Policy Committee for further clarification. To help us better understand what all members think and feel about this and how it might impact our other policies we have developed a consultation. The aims of the consultation process are to ensure all members are heard, give everyone the time and opportunity to listen and learn, and help to build consensus rather than division.


The Policy Committee has overseen the development of the consultation design, with input and decision-making by the Steering Committee. The committees have designed a four-step process for the consultation, the first part of which has recently been completed. See below for greater detail on each step. 

Step one > Scoping group

Step two > Members' assembly

Step three > Member-wide consultation 

Step four > Policy Committee develops new or amended policies based on the recommendations of the members' assembly and the results of the member-wide consultation. 

* Steps three and four will be added in due course. 



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