What is the Policy Committee?
The Policy Committee is made of the spokesperson and movement builder for each of our seven policy areas, plus Scotland. It is chaired by the leader of the party, Sophie Walker.
How were the Policy Committee members chosen?
These are the people elected at our 2016 or 2018 Party Conference. Policy Committee members’ term is three years, so current positions run until 2019 or 2021. If members stand down before their term is up, new members will be elected at the next Party Conference.
What do Policy Committee members do?
Individually, the spokespeople participate in public debates on their area on behalf of the Party, in consultation with the Party Leader or Chief of Staff. The movement builders reach out to organisations and individuals to build relationships with people relevant to their policy area. They are also required to monitor developments in their policy areas and update the Leader and other spokespeople on developments, as well as build alliances with organisations that share the Party’s objectives.
Can members put forward motions to update policies?
Motions to change, update or add to our policies can be put forward by members, branches, the Party Leader and the Policy Committee, in accordance with the Party’s Constitution. Collectively, the Policy Committee reviews all policy motions to check their coherence and consistency with our mission and objectives, before they are put forward to Party Conference.
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You can contact the teams for each policy area at their dedicated email addresses, given below.
Spokesperson on Equal Representation
Movement Builder for Equal Representation
Pamela joined The Women’s Equality Party in 2016 and has been actively involved with the Greenwich Branch from the start, standing in the local elections in May 2018. She is also an active campaigner for proportional representation with Make Votes Matter, attending alliance building events, discussing national campaigns with cross party MPs as well as some of the leading voices in electoral reform. She is passionate about connecting our grassroots campaigning with communities and national organisations to bring about change.
Equal Pay and Opportunity
Alison is Director of an international disability and development charity, having previously worked for children's rights at UNICEF UK and sexual and reproductive rights at IPPF. She is a big supporter of FairTrade. She has lived in North London for over 20 years.
Spokesperson on Equal Pay
Movement Builder for Equal Pay
Kate Pruce is a PhD researcher at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute (GDI) and the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre. She is working on the politics of social policy, specifically social protection, in Zambia.
Kate is involved with WEP because it has made politics inspiring, relevant and accessible, and because WE are doing such vital work to bring about equality for women.
Equal Parenting and Caregiving
Spokesperson for Equal Parenting and Caregiving
Mandu is an experienced public servant specialising in social policy, strategy and complex operations. She works part time for the Mayor of London where she is responsible for City Hall’s multi-million-pound community sport investment portfolio. Previously, she was the founding member of the team that delivered the Mayor’s £75m City Operations programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and has worked on other mayoral priorities. Before that she worked in Central Government. She is a fellow of both the RSA and the London School for Social Entrepreneurs. In 2016 she founded The Cup Effect which tackles period poverty by promoting menstrual education and the use of menstrual cups in the UK and globally.
She joined WEP because she believes that none of the other parties are anywhere near ambitious enough about gender equality.
Movement builder for Equal Parenting and Caregiving
Shazia launched Third Door in 2010 with a dream to create a community of working parents who were able to work near their children in a nursery that provided the best care and learning opportunities.
"I am honoured to be part of WEP, From the moment I heard about WEP I felt that finally there was a party that spoke about all the areas I feel passionate about."
Spokesperson on Equal Media
Athena is an acclaimed writer and actress having worked with such organisations as Channel 4, Shakespeare’s Globe, Finborough Theatre and the BBC. She is passionate about increasing the breadth of stories told about women and minority groups in the media. Additionally, she was born with Cerebral Palsy and has acted as an independent transport consultant for TFL, Heathrow Airport and OmniServ.
Movement Builder for Equal Media
Spokesperson on Equal Education
Movement Builder for Equal Education
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
Spokesperson and Movement Builder for Ending Violence Against Women
Tabitha is a VAWG campaigner and in 2017 was the WE candidate in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral election. She is also COO at More United, combining her passion for a new type of politics with work.
Equality in Health
Rebecca Manson Jones,
Spokesperson for Equality in Health