Give a few hours of your time to make a huge difference.
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 has 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 these phonebanks you will be calling supporters who, like you, want to shake up politics and make change happen and 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 raising funds, 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 never done a fundraising 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 these are social events where you can connect with other volunteers.
Fundraising phonebank - Wednesday 17th March, 6:30 - 8:30pm>>
Fundraising phonebank - Tuesday 23rd March, 6 - 8pm>>
Fundraising phonebank - Wednesday 31st March, 6:30 - 8:30pm>>
London was the first gender equal city
London's four million women are living with the UK's biggest pay gap, the most expensive childcare in Europe, the highest rates of sexual violence, and unacceptable levels of poverty. Introducing gender equality as part of the political agenda is imperative for a thriving society.
Imagine the difference that just one Women's Equality Party candidate could make on the London Assembly.
WE are the party of political outsiders. WE are challenging the idea that politics is not for people like us. WE are doing politics differently.
WE can win in London
Smaller parties always win seats on the London Assembly as the election uses proportional representation. In 2016, we needed just 1.5% more votes to elect our first representative. With your vote on the orange ballot paper, we can elect a London Assembly member and make a real difference to London.
Stand with us to make sure no woman is turned away from refuge, to close the pay gap in a generation, to balance work and family life for everyone, and to make London the first gender equal city in the world.
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2021 is a huge opportunity for our movement as it's an incredibly busy election year! As we finally conclude our campaign to win a seat on the London Assembly we will also be contesting elections in Scotland and local elections across England. The year behind us was extraordinarily difficult and the effects and restrictions of COVID are not yet over. We will be adapting some elements of our campaigning and branching out in creative new ways to win over voters and build communities online using social media.
Feedback from some of our attendees:
"I overcame my fear of all things digital, and my reluctance to be any kind of organiser, to attend two really well run, informative and useful sessions- and I enjoyed them!"
"On the surface, this may sound newfangled and potentially a bit overwhelming if you don’t know your Instabook from your TwitTok, but fortunately our lovely team at Central Office have got you covered at every stage. The two consecutive sessions will teach you all the tips and tricks for bringing together your community virtually, engaging with the Great British Voting Public, and showing them how the personal really is political. Even if like me, you prefer to live on Twitter than the real world, having attended the training twice now (yes, I’m super-keen, it’s a curse), I still learn something new at every session, and I’m enjoying using my social powers for good. There are still a few sessions on the horizon, and wherever you are, whatever your knowledge of the World Wide Web, WE would be delighted to have you join us."
Digital Organiser Training - March 10th and 11th - 5.00 pm
Digital Organiser Training - March 15th and 16th - 6.00 pm
Digital Organiser Training - March 29th and 30th - 6.00 pm
Digital Organiser Training - April 8th and 9th - 6.00 pm
Digital Organiser Training - April 12th and 13th - 7.00 pm
Digital Organiser Training - April 19th and 20th - 7.30 pm
Dear Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP,
Re: Parents and Early Years workers are at breaking point
We are writing as parents, Early Years workers, and organisations and individuals committed to progress - and we do so to sound the alarm. Parents and Early Years providers are at breaking point, and unless the government acts now women’s unemployment will continue to soar - deepening and lengthening the economic crisis for everyone. This will affect mothers on the lowest incomes most acutely, who are nine times more likely to lose their jobs as a result of the latest school closures and lockdown.
The Prime Minister announced recently that Early Years settings should remain open to everyone, but that is simply not possible without urgent support. Already many Early Years settings have closed their doors, either temporarily or permanently, because of funding cuts, lack of testing and staff shortages. Together with school closures, that means parents - especially single parents and mothers - are in the impossible position of trying to juggle work, childcare and homeschooling. Since March last year parents have been asked to homeschool their children for 110 working days. The result is that women are more likely to quit their jobs or be made redundant, and children are being left behind.
Data from your department suggests that attendance at Early Years settings has almost halved as parents have been told to stay home, and Ofsted has reported that a third of nurseries fear they will permanently close due to the impacts of COVID-19. On top of that, the TUC reported last week that 71% of working mothers have been denied their request to be furloughed. Unless you act now, the Early Years sector will completely collapse and more and more women will lose their jobs.
Will you commit to five measures to keep childcare and parents afloat and help stop the spread of the virus?
- A legal right to shared furlough or guaranteed Self-Employment Income Support for all parents. Currently, parents only have the right to request furloughing and 75% have been refused.
- Early Years and school staff to be prioritised in the next round of vaccines so that they can reopen safely as soon as possible.
- Increase child benefits to £50 per child and maintain the £20-a-week uplift in universal credit. With children at home, household bills are mounting and forcing families into poverty.
- Ten days extra paid annual leave for all parents and 20 days for single parents to help them manage caring responsibilities without the risk of redundancy.
- A bailout for nurseries to stop them closing permanently.
People want to do whatever it takes to keep our communities safe, but they are being pushed to breaking point. Together, these five measures will help reduce the risk of transmission, give our essential workers the support they need and deserve, and protect families so that they have jobs and childcare to return to when it is safe to do so. That is something we can all support and we ask that you do too.
Leader of the Women’s Equality Party
* WE are homeschooling the Government on the realities of childcare. Join in here.
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Friday 11th December
9:00pm - 10:30pm
Online (via Zoom)
The Women’s Equality Party 2020 Conference...
...is going virtual!
Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th October 2020
** SOLD OUT **
Join us online for our most innovative and accessible conference to date.
We will be calling on members, supporters and speakers to Build Back Equal after the pandemic.
It's time to rewrite the present.
Due to these unprecedented times, hosting the Conference online allows us to safely share a space together, enabling us to meet speakers and other members from around the country whilst minimising health risks, vastly reducing CO2 emissions and saving on travel costs.
Our Conference will bring together some of the brightest minds and most engaging speakers tackling subjects including: social care, child care, economics, violence against women and girls, housing and public spaces, and the environment.
You can join from your living room!
With an interactive schedule packed full of individual talks, panels and workshops, attendees are invited to dip in and out of the Conference at their own pace. It doesn’t stop there - we’re also hosting a Comedy Night with lots more entertainment for attendees!
The Conference will be simple to access via Zoom and we will publish guidance on how to use this technology with ease.
What can you do at Conference?
Starting at 8am, you'll have the opportunity to visit workshops, panels, virtual cafes and more throughout the day. The first day of conference will end with cocktail making at 6pm, and Open Mic from 9 - 10pm.
From 8am, to 9pm, Friday will have a mix of sessions for you to make the most of. We've made sure there's plenty of breaks in between, so you can take a pause from your screen, whilst still attending Friday's panels, screenings, cookery workshops and more.
Start your weekend right, with yoga at 7:30am. Saturday's exciting mix of interactive sessions will be highlighted by the Leader's Speech at 10am, party business at 1:30pm, our headliner Laura Bates at 5:00pm AND the Comedy Night Fundraiser at 9pm - don't miss out!
The day will begin at 8am, and will be rounded off at 9pm. We've scheduled even more energising workshops and motivating speakers, including two more party business sessions, at 9:30am and 3:30pm. You won't want to miss Campaigns Coven at 12pm.
Whether you’re a long term party member or a first time activist...
This is your open invitation to our 2020 Conference!
For Conference updates, sign up to our mailing list here.
WE are joining forces with Build Back Better to demand a care-led recovery
Build Back Better Statement
As we emerge from this crisis, now is the time to Build Back Better.
To do so we must heed the lessons it has taught:
That as a society, for many years, we did not listen to the scientists about the risks of such a pandemic and were not prepared.
That for decades our health and social care systems were both dangerously under-resourced and in need of reform.
That many key workers in our economy - many of them women, and many not born in this country - are among the least valued and lowest-paid.
That longstanding inequalities in our society have left too many vulnerable.
And that no country can stand alone in the face of common threats.
Yet we can also draw on new sources of hope:
That when faced with a crisis, government can spend wisely, at speed and at scale.
That care, neighbourliness and mutual support are the threads that bind our communities together.
That clean air and a concern for wellbeing can inspire more sustainable and enjoyable ways of living.
And that by working with other countries we can find common solutions to the gravest problems.
Some have compared this crisis to the Second World War. Then, as now, it was widely agreed that there was no going back.
But #BuildBackBetter must be more than just a slogan. We must answer these profound questions:
- How to ensure health, social care, housing and other vital public services are properly resourced and able to meet our future needs.
- How to mend the inequalities in our society so that everyone, no matter their background or race, can live a decent, fulfilling life.
- How to create secure, well-paid and rewarding jobs for all who want them, particularly for young people.
- And how not just to build our resilience to future pandemics, but to tackle the climate and environmental emergency already upon us.
Many will have other questions too: like how to create a better democracy, to harness technology for public good, to build a fairer and more cooperative world.
Answering these questions, and more, is a challenge to us all; to political parties, businesses, trade unions, civil society and citizens.
But it is a challenge to which, together, we can rise.
With the best of human values, and the determination of politicians and citizens, we can emerge from this crisis a stronger, fairer, greener country.
We must #BuildBackBetter.
Care workers have risked their lives to work during the Covid-19 crisis. Demand the government stops legislation which could leave them facing deportation.
Without the vital work of our care workforce - many of whom come from abroad - the UK would not have got through the coronavirus pandemic. Care workers have risked their health and in some cases even lost their lives while continuing to do highly skilled and essential work supporting people at a time when they needed it most.
This month MPs will be voting on a bill that would leave many migrant care workers facing deportation. The immigration bill classes care work as ‘low-skilled’ and sets an income threshold that workers in the chronically undervalued care sector will not be able to meet.
It is currently easier to migrate to UK as a strawberry picker than it is as a care worker.
We went into the Covid-19 crisis with 120,000 vacancies in care work, a staff shortage that was exacerbated by failure to provide testing or protective equipment. It is clear that the government has learned nothing from the tragedy that unfolded in our understaffed, underfunded care homes. By introducing a bill which categorises carers as ‘low-skilled’ and prevents these crucial workers from entering the UK from overseas, they have shown once again how little it values care, care workers and those who rely on them.
It’s not enough to clap for carers any more - we must fight for them.
Sign our petition to demand that the government:
- Removes the discriminatory income threshold from the immigration bill.
- Ends the insulting ‘low-skilled’ label for care work.
- Guarantees that vital care workers will be able to migrate to the UK.