Given the scale of the problem, simply ‘more streetlights’ is a completely unsatisfactory and insufficient response by senior politicians. Just because the news cycle has moved on, doesn’t mean you get to move on.
Our party Leader, Mandu Reid began maternity leave in November 2023. The Steering Committee agreed plans to ensure cover whilst Mandu is on leave.
As one of the party’s key spokespeople in addition to the Leader, party co-founder and President, Catherine Mayer has stepped up to become the Party’s lead spokesperson during Mandu’s maternity leave.
Mandu and the Steering Committee are both incredibly grateful that Catherine has agreed to take on this additional responsibility and give the party her invaluable support, expertise, and leadership at such a crucial time for our movement and for politics in the UK.
The party’s Deputy Leaders will also substitute for Mandu during her maternity leave. They will act as spokespeople for the party to the media and at events - including member and activist-facing events, and represent the party to donors and potential donors as a vital part of our fundraising team.
WE hope you will join everyone on the Steering Committee in wishing Mandu a huge congratulations and look forward to her return following her maternity leave.
Two-fifths of police forces do not have specialist sexual offences units
This is completely unacceptable. Rape and sexual assault are amongst the most prevalent violent crimes in our society. The Govt and elected Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for letting this happen.
Met Police appointing an anti-sleaze advisor is a ‘cynical’ move to avoid a public inquiry, campaigners say
Women are afraid, and we are tired of living with the fear and threat of violence. Now the Met has announced a review that does not even name the misogyny and sexism that it urgently needs to address.
'Cressida Dick Must Go - But That Alone Won’t Address Police And Political Failures To End Male Violence'
The removal of Dick as Met Commissioner will not address the fact that there is a complete lack of political will that fails to make ending violence against women and girls a priority.
Mandu Reid calls for male violence against women and girls to be classified as a national threat
Male violence figures absolutely dwarf those of terrorism. And protecting society against terror threats is justified because it causes people to live in fear. But male violence causes women to live in perpetual fear. It limits our potential and curtails our freedom.
Mandu Reid’s writes open letter to police and crime commissioners
To build trust with women you must rid the police forces for which you are responsible of institutional sexism, misogyny, and racism. You must get your own houses in order. Women’s freedom and women’s lives absolutely depend on it.
Until women can walk safely at night, there is no equality
We’re seeing an awful pattern emerge, where the death of a woman gets press attention and the authorities propose piecemeal, half-baked measures like additional street lighting, undercover cops, or a charter for bars and clubs to sign up to. All of these measures fundamentally fail to actually address the root causes of this violence.
Police urged to better protect black women who face domestic abuse
It is an essential step in building trust between communities of colour and the police and criminal justice system.
Health secretary’s office bombarded with 7,000 phone calls about abortion access
To roll back on telemedical abortions now would be a catastrophic step in the wrong direction, and force women back into the waiting rooms of an underfunded, overburdened NHS. At a time where women’s reproductive rights are under attack globally, now is the time to bolster our rights – not weaken them.
Where Is The Outrage For Nicole Smallman And Bibaa Henry?
Noting the lack of ‘press attention, condemnation from politicians and general public outcry’ compared to other cases.
Calls to criminalise cyberflashing: “It was really intimidating”
I welcome more robust laws around sharing unsolicited images – but the reality is that technology moves faster than law, and new forms of online abuse and harassment are continuously emerging.
Response to government's VAWG strategy
We know that if you are a migrant woman you may be denied help altogether. What is the point in a helpline if there isn’t any help?
Response to the racist backlash against Rashford, Sancho and Saka
We need white allies to believe us. If we disregard the existence of institutional racism, why are young black men in London 19 times more likely to be stopped-and-searched than their white counterparts?
The freeing of Bill Cosby
What justice is this when a press release can carry more weight than the testimony of 60 women? What justice is this when an alleged perpetrator can testify to giving women drugs in order to have sex with them, and still claim that it was consensual?
Britney Spears Conservatorship
Britney is being abused and exploited by the people around her who feel greedily entitled to her fantastic wealth. This court decision is enabling that to continue and sets a dangerous and damaging precedent – legitimising the erosion of female autonomy.
Women’s Equality Party shines a light - literally - on London’s harassment hotspots
Domestic abuse bill
The Domestic Abuse Bill has been signed into law. Huge respect and kudos to the campaigners who worked relentlessly to get us to this milestone. It WILL make a difference. But the struggle will continue until the gaps in this bill are attended to.
Mandu Reid only candidate to attend VAWG hustings
It says everything that just weeks after the murder of Sarah Everard, where politicians lined up to say that ending violence against women and girls was their top priority, I am the only mayoral candidate showing up to a hustings on that very subject and standing up for women.
If Boris Johnson has his way, a woman’s work will truly never be done
Say hello to patriarchy and structural sexism on steroids.
London mayoral race: Childcare crisis leaves women stuck in 1940s, Sadiq Khan warned
When Sadiq Khan says he wants to create a 1945-style programme to rebuild London’s economy, someone should remind him that women have had enough of being stuck in the 1940s this year.
The cancellation of the Sarah Everard vigil
Real, compassionate leadership on this would’ve been to apply discretion and support rather than obstruct, stifle, and thwart women from grieving together at this painful moment of reckoning.
Violence against women and girls should be compared to terrorism
During a virtual event hosted by Feminists of London, Mandu Reid, the leader of the Women's Equality Party, compared violence against women and girls to "a form of domestic terrorism", while TV presenter Sandi Toksvig said Ms Everard's death should be "a turning point".
Sarah Everard Case
While we have been confined to their homes and going out for walks has been an important release. Now this has happened, and we feel like we are under threat and under siege.
Human remains found in the search for missing London woman Sarah Everard
This case has affected women right across the capital and across the country but I cannot begin to imagine the pain that Sarah’s friends and family are going through. The fact that a police officer has been arrested on suspicion of murder makes it all the more frightening, and it is imperative that the case is now taken over by a separate police force. We have to do this right.
The importance of equal representation of women in politics
When you neglect childcare and social care and poverty, an inadequate response to the virus is inevitable. If you have more women around the table, who are tuned in to those issues, who understand community and family from other perspectives, you’re more likely to get those issues factored into decisions.
The UK government is standing by as Covid sets back women's equality
It’s almost impossible to imagine that on this day last year I led hundreds of women marching shoulder to shoulder through London’s streets. On International Women’s Day feminists come together to find our voice, find our power and find the strength to carry us through the other 364 days of the year that are largely the purview of men. Back then, we didn’t know that a pandemic was about to fundamentally change all of our lives, but we could have grimly predicted how damaging its effects would prove to be for women. When the chips were down, we were confronted with the fragility of women’s equality.
The Sarah Everard tragedy shows violence against women must be a political and policing priority
London is my city, and my home. Like every woman, I know exactly what it feels like to have to make yourself smaller to avoid harassment and violence, and to be vigilant to every possible threat. I have been groped, cat-called, chased, threatened, and mugged. It is true that it is ‘not all men’ that perpetrate violence, but every single woman has to live with the fear or reality of it and we have had enough.
Mandu Reid: Male violence is a greater threat than terrorism
I still remember leaving my house for the first time during lockdown. With the sudden absence of traffic and people, it felt like a scene from a zombie film. That’s not what stood out to me, though. As I entered my local park, the path narrowed and the man who was approaching got caught on a hedge, desperately trying to keep a two-metre distance from me.
Vigil for Sabina Nessa - Mandu Reid
All of us want to live in a world where every woman and every girl is not only safe, but that are free. Free from the fear. Free from the threat of violence or harassment.
Confex Keynote Speech - Mandu Reid
We are deliberately and covertly collaborative. We practice political polyamory, we allow members of our party to be members other parties. We encourage plagiarism, we want others to copy us.
2021 Women's Equality Party WEPstock - Mandu Reid on Self ID
Emily Wilding Davison - Mandu Reid
'It is profoundly significant that we have come together today to honour Emily and the revolutionary spirit that she embodied. Time has distanced us from the brutality faced by the women who led the campaign for equality over 100 years ago. The horrific treatment of the suffragettes included imprisonment and forced feeding. This was a movement where women placed their own bodies on the line and pushed back on notions of felinity being equivalent to weakness and meekness.'
2020 Women's Equality Party Conference - Mandu Reid
Violence against women should be recognised as a national threat - Good Morning Britain
'Policing is only part of the solution. Violence against women and girls is a function of women's inequality in society. We have to invest in preventing these crimes, not just managing them when they happen. So that takes a whole system, whole society approach and that takes political will.'
Enough is Enough - CNN
'What's getting in the way of change at this point?' 'A lack of political will - it's as simple as that. Violence against women and girls is a cause and consequence of women's inequality'.
Ethnicity, Heritage and Upbringing - Mixed Messages
'It’s important to embrace complexity. Particularly in this polarised culture, where we oversimplify everything and create division, divisiveness and demonisation when we actually need the opposite.'
Til Death Do Us Pod featuring Mandu Reid, Tova Leigh and Mike Leigh
'We talked about how the party is tackling all the important issues (violence against women, pay gap, childcare etc) and not just on International Women's Day, but all year round. Why other political parties don't have 'women's rights' at the top of their agenda, and why WEP’s work is so important and needed. We were so inspired by her words about feminism, why it's not a hostile word, why the party is also for men and why they should get behind their agenda, and how she deals with resistance from women themselves.' - Tova Leigh
We are DAME - the Pioneer
'Early on, she made a promise to herself: “if I’m going to do this, I refuse to wear the fancy dress of a politician because I want to be at peace with doing the work that I care about, without losing my sense of self and my identity.'
Running for London Mayor
I want to put myself out of a job. I want things to change so there’s no need for a party like mine. But I’m not going to be retiring anytime soon. Progress has at best stalled - and in many cases looks like it’s heading in reverse.
London should be ‘sanctuary city’ for abused migrant women, mayoral hopeful says - Metro
‘It is a solution to dealing with how male violence against women and girls affects some of the most marginalised women in our city’, she explains, branding migrant women the ‘backbone of how our city functions’ because of the jobs they often do.'
Violence against women – how men can change the narrative - Sky News
I've been groped. I've been catcalled. I've been groped. I've been threatened. My experience is not exceptional.
Amanpour: Dr. Anthony Costello, David Spiegelhalter, Mandu Reid, Jackson Katz and Jahana Hayes
'Then turning to the shadow pandemic of violence against women, the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old British woman Sarah Everard has shocked the nation and sparked a conversation about sexual assault, harassment and women’s safety. Mandu Reid, the leader of the Women's Equality Party, and Jackson Katz, an anti-violence educator, explain why it’s so important we reframe the conversation and hold men accountable.'