Twenty five right wing men who will never experience pregnancy just banned abortion in Alabama. Yet more evidence that hard-won women’s rights are under attack everywhere. WE stand in solidarity with women in Alabama and globally against this horrific curtailment of women’s reproductive rights. Regressive populists are on the march across Europe and the world and their first target is always women and minorities. It is time to take a stand.
As Europe prepares to vote, sign this petition to demand that the EU guarantees women’s rights to free, safe and legal abortions.
The rise of far-right parties across Europe has seen reproductive rights threatened in Italy and Austria, and the Polish Government pushing to tighten its already restrictive laws. While women in Malta, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland are denied this basic human right altogether.
Women in Northern Ireland are only entitled to an abortion if their lives are deemed to be at risk. This restriction has been condemned by the UN, but so far to no avail.
The Alabama state senate filled with Republican white men who will never experience pregnancy in their lifetimes, just passed the most restrictive abortion law of all the states in the US, with doctors facing prison sentences of between 10 and 99 years if the law banning the procedure is passed by the state senator. The situation is even worse for Northern Irish women, who themselves risk imprisonment for having an abortion.
Just as the global #metoo movement showed the strength of solidarity between women across national borders, we must stand together against these moves to curtail women’s reproductive rights and to keep pushing for full decriminalisation of abortion everywhere.
Sign our petition to the EU to demand it guarantees women’s rights to free, legal and safe abortions.
Working with feminist parties across the EU, WE are standing in the European elections to put women’s rights at the heart of the European project. We are demanding that any country that wants to join the EU should be required to provide free, safe and legal abortions, and that women should always be free to move across EU borders to access legal abortions.
WE are calling on the government to reinstate nurse bursaries and commit to increasing nurses’ pay in line with inflation.
Nurses are the backbone of the NHS. They support their patients when it feels like the sky is falling in on them and do amazing work in the face of huge challenges.
But nurses are currently leaving the NHS in record numbers and fewer and fewer people are training to become nurses, because the low wages and immense pressure of the job mean it is simply not worth their while.
If you want to thank nurses this International Women’s Day - and help us fight for them to be valued - add your name to our petition. Together we can push the government to reinstate nurse bursaries and commit to increasing nurses’ pay in line with inflation.
WE are celebrating nurses because WE care about women and WE value the work women do. Show them that you do too by signing below.
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Equal Pay Day is the day each year which marks the moment when women effectively stop being paid relative to men.
In 2018 it was the 10th of November.
The gender pay gap in the UK currently stands at 17.9%.
We don’t think men's work should be valued more highly than women's - so if we're not being paid, why should we work? Every year we ask women across the UK to set their Out of Offices messages to as a sign to the world that they won’t stand for this any longer.
In in the past two years, our Out of Office campaign reached billions of people, calling for real action on the gender pay gap. This year we want it to be even bigger.
Why does the pay gap exist?
The work women do, the industries they work in, and the caring responsibilities they generally shoulder are not valued by our society – not enough to pay them a fair wage. This is exactly what the Women’s Equality Party seeks to overturn.
We represent the women who are being paid unfairly and often not being paid at all – either for their domestic labour or care duties - or because they have been fired for getting pregnant.
Equal pay is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality and it creates the context for other inequalities, such as violence against women and girls and unequal access to health.
Though Equal Pay Day focuses on the full-time pay gap, WE always focus on the aggregate pay gap because it tells you more about the balance of power in our society.
The gap is even bigger for some women. For example, Black African women face a pay gap of 24%, while for Pakistani and Bangladeshi women it stands at 26.2%. Or women in their fifties, who face a pay gap of 26.6%. As for women with disabilities, it's impossible to know for sure as the data available is limited. What there is tends to compare disabled women with able bodied women, but does not scratch the surface of how this stacks up with able bodied men.
It’s long since time to chance this.
An NHS Midwife:
Laura Godfrey Isaacs: “As a midwife working in the NHS I will be Out of Office from November 10th in protest against unequal pay in all sectors, but particularly healthcare. Women make up over 77% of NHS staff, however 22% of men are doctors or dentists with only 5% women. A midwife earns only £19.21 per hour, which is 34% below the national average, however, we have one of the most responsible jobs in society looking after women and babies throughout the childbearing continuum. Midwifery is overwhelmingly a female profession, with only 0.3% male midwives, and alongside most of the caring professions our pay is low and our work undervalued.
A PHD Student at the University of Manchester:
Sarika Paul: "I work as a PhD Researcher at the University of Manchester. The pay gap across the institution is 17.1%. This means that for the duration of November and December, the women of Manchester University are effectively working for free - and this is before you begin to consider race or age or sexuality (or any other protected characteristic). The proportion of women entering post grad study remains largely gender balanced, though there are differences across subjects. This then means that there are systematic factors at play that result in the loss of women from high status academic roles, and the resulting pay gap seen across all staff members. It is crucial that both the university, and the academic world globally looks at ways of minimising these barriers to ensure that we don't lose talent along the "leaky pipeline" that so many treat as inevitable. This is why I am hanging up my labcoat for the rest of the year this Equal Pay Day.
*The Women’s Equality Party encourages anyone taking part in the campaign to discuss it with the management in their workplace. With the disadvantages the women face in the workplace already we don’t want to give any employers any excuses to isolate their women employees. Please use your discretion when taking part.
On July 14th 2018, President Trump made his way to London. WE gave him the welcome he deserved.
Since the Misogynist in Chief took office, he’s worked to dismantle women’s rights. Instead his hate and lies have galvanised and united women. In fact, after Trump was elected WE saw one of the biggest spikes in membership numbers in this Party's history and he continues to motivate new activists daily.
For all this effort, WE want to say thank you to the world's Number One Feminist Recruiter in style! So WE sent our thank you messages to the President on Twitter with our own specially designed e-cards using #ThankYouTrump, and we took to the streets in our thousands to give him the welcome he deserved.
WE pick our battles based on how much they matter, not how easy they are to win.
About the campaign
WE are campaigning to make abortion free, safe and legal in EVERY part of the UK.
Currently women in England, Scotland and Wales wishing to have an abortion still have to prove their pregnancy involves a bigger risk to their physical or mental health than terminating it. They still have to ask for permission from two doctors to end their pregnancy. They still risk prosecution.
In Northern Ireland, basic reproductive rights are so restricted that abortions are almost impossible to access. Abortions are only legal where the life or long-term physical/mental health of the person is at serious risk. There are no exceptions for rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities, and illegal abortion carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Nowhere in the United Kingdom do women enjoy full reproductive rights. This has to change and we are ready to lead that change.
WE are campaigning for full decriminalisation of abortion. WE are demanding that abortion be moved out of criminal law and into healthcare.
At our 2018 conference we will be joining our voices with the Northern Irish women and calling for Westminster to make this change its priority.
The Campaign so far
WE marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act with a week of action. We called for Amber Rudd to change this outdated and patronising law.
During the first week, more than four thousand people signed a permission slip, 186,000 people connected with our campaign on Twitter, and we held a packed-out rally in London at which Sophie Walker joined a line up of inspiring activist speakers to reflect on the past, present and future of reproductive rights in the UK.
And on Friday 27th Hastings members delivered 406,108 permission slips to the Home Secretary’s office. They represent the number of times women in the UK have had to seek consent for an abortion in the past year alone.
WE successfully campaigned for the Home use of abortion pills
In August 2018 we celebrated huge win with activist and member Claudia Craig following the announcement by Matt Hancock, Minister for Health and Social Care, that women in England will be permitted to take the abortion pill at home.
The decision comes five months after we launched our #HomeUse campaign as part of our commitment to protecting women’s reproductive rights. The campaign highlighted the experiences of women like Claudia who had been forced to travel after taking abortion pills, by asking activists to share a film and sign Claudia’s open letter to the Minister for Health calling for urgent action on the issue.
Claudia’s letter was signed by thousands and reached more than two million on social media, condemning the distress and humiliation that she and other women experienced as a result of outdated legislation that insists they attend a hospital to take the pill - which can result in women beginning to miscarry on their journey home.
How you can get involved
1) Keep the pressure on Theresa May to ensure Northern Irish women's voices cannot be ignored
Tweet Theresa May to show that you believe abortion should be free, safe and legal in EVERY part of the UK. Northern Irish women's voices have been ignored for too long.
2) Meet with other activists to plan our next action
Our members have asked us to take immediate action to ensure the voices of Northern Irish women cannot be ignored in Westminster.
Over the coming weeks local members in England and Wales will be campaigning to highlight this injustice and call for change. Activists are gathering in meet-ups across England and Wales to plan our next action.
3) There's more to come
Stay in touch with us to find out more about our campaign as it unfolds. We will be in touch soon with the next exciting action. Together we can make this change happen.
If you'd like to know more, we've answered your frequently asked questions >>
WE are standing in the European elections
While other parties will be fighting the European elections as another in-out referendum, we will be pushing not just to “Remain” -- but to Advance. We will be standing for cooperation because austerity, human trafficking and climate change require us to think big. We will be standing for representation because women and minorities must lead the charge against the rise of fascism. And we will be standing for progress by pushing for a new social deal across all European countries.
WE are fighting for a People's vote with an option to remain
Women's voices were silenced in the first referendum - Boris Johnson alone received more coverage than all the coverage of female spokespeople combined.
Since the vote politicians from across the political spectrum have roundly failed to put aside party interests and fight for the interests of the British people. As a result the two main parties are now pushing us towards the kind of Brexit that could devastate women’s lives.
WE are fighting for a people's to ensure that the people have a final say on Brexit.
WE are fighting to protect Women's rights in Parliament
WE have been fighting to protect Women's Rights throughout the Brexit debate. Our amendment Theresa May’s Article 50 legislation together with the Green Party received the widest cross-party support of any amendment to the government bill. The amendment, that sought protections for women’s employment rights and would have ensured Parliament’s future sovereignty over equality legislation received unprecedented cross-party support and was signed immediately by MPs from Labour, the SNP, Liberal Democrats, the SDLP and Plaid Cymru.
Make e-Quality a reality
Join us to fight for the rights of revenge porn victims.
What is revenge porn?
Revenge porn is the publication of explicit material portraying someone who has not consented for the image or video to be shared. Once images start circulating online, it is difficult to bring an end to the abuse. Often the posts include private information including the victim’s name, links to social media profiles, telephone numbers and addresses. Anonymous harassers then spread the material to further humiliate the victim.
Ninety per cent of victims of revenge porn are women. Nearly all of these women suffer significant emotional distress, and many are faced with further harassment and stalking.
What is the Women’s Equality Party doing about it?
WE worked on cross party proposals to call for improvements to the current law to prevent revenge porn and help victims get justice.
WE are fighting for:
anonymity for victims to empower them to seek justice
compensation for victims
protection from those who promote, solicit or profit from revenge porn
WE are also monitoring the impact of the new Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 and WE are working with experts across the UK and in the US to design legislative proposals to tackle the epidemic scale of online abuse against women and girls.
If you have been affected by revenge porn, contact the Revenge Porn Helpline from 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday on 0845 6000 459. Emails can be sent at any time to email@example.com.