The presentation and idolisation of a uniform body type by the fashion industry has significant and wide-reaching consequences. 28 published empirical studies from the UK, Europe, North America and Australia have found that media images have a direct impact on how negatively or positively we view our bodies, with negative body image putting someone at a considerably heightened risk of developing an eating disorder.
Eating disorders affect 1.6 million people in the UK, 89% of whom are female. 14-25 year olds are the demographic most affected by an eating disorder, with 5% of girls and women suffering from anorexia—the most deadly psychiatric disease (10-20% of cases are fatal).
It is time for the fashion industry to recognise that it can and must effect change in this area.
The #NoSizeFitsAll campaign coincides with London Fashion Week and makes 4 asks:
We are calling on the British Fashion Council to commit to ensuring that fashion designers showing at London Fashion Week show 2 different sample sizes in every range, one of which must be a UK size 12 and above;
We are campaigning for a change in the law so that fashion models below a BMI of 18.5 must be seen by one of an accredited list of medical health professionals, and deemed well before a modelling agency is allowed to sign them.
We are asking for a commitment from UK-based fashion publications to include a minimum of one plus-size (UK size 12 or above) editorial fashion spread in every issue.
We believe that body image awareness must be made a mandatory and core component of personal, social, health education (PSHE) in schools, with a specific focus on media depictions of beauty, delivered by trained experts as opposed to teachers who specialise in unrelated disciplines.
The softly, softly approach has been tried for years and is not working. Instead of waiting for industry-led change, #NoSizeFitsAll is about taking the initiative. The time has come to demand change.
Why should I come to conference?
There are so many reasons! Read more here >>
The first ever Women's Equality Party Conference will take place from 4:30pm on Friday 25th to 4:30pm Sunday 27th November, at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
Can I come?
All Women's Equality Party members are invited to join us at conference - conference is all about you! Non-members are also welcome to attend as observers. Book your ticket for conference online by clicking here >>
Can I see what's on at conference?
The conference programme (subject to changes) is online here and is packed full of engaging workshops, important party business and key note speeches.
What are the rules on donating to political parties?
If you are interested in sponsoring the conference please get in touch here. To make a donation of over £500 to a political party, you must be on a UK electoral register. If you would like to help someone else attend conference, the dedicated conference access fund is accepting donations.
I've completed my registration form for conference, what happens next?
Once you've registered your place at conference, you'll receive a confirmation email and be invited to complete a participant survey. Keep an eye on your inbox as we'll be sending you updates and important information about attending conference, what you need to think about in advance and what will happen during the conference weekend. Make sure you book any accommodation or travel you need in advance, before all the hotels are fully booked. When you arrive at conference, you will need to head for the registration desk where you pick-up your conference pack.
What happens at Party Conference?
At Party Conference WE will:
Discuss and approve the WE Constitution
Improve and endorse the WE Policy Document
Select a Policy Committee and explore how WE want to make policy decisions
Experiment with innovative ways of reaching a conclusion in a political debate
Discuss and decide on motions
Select representatives for the Steering Committee, which will hold the decision- making power between Party Conferences
Select representatives for the Policy Committee, which will execute the party’s policies between Party Conferences and make new policy proposals.
Party conference will also offer workshops and training and you will have the chance to meet other WE members and supporters from all across the UK.
What is my role as a delegate?
As a delegate you have the right to participate in Party Conference debates, to vote on policy motions, to elect the members of the Policy Committee and representatives to sit on the Steering Committee. You have the responsibility to be present during party business sessions and to ensure the party is operating in line with its core values and policies.
You also have the right, in collaboration with your branch or other WE members, to put forward motions, amendments to motions and ideas for policy discussions.
There will be an introductory session at Party Conference on Standing Orders, which direct the form of the debates.
How can I actively participate in Party Conference?
On Friday night there will be an ‘open mic’ session where members can come up and give three-minute speeches about a topic of their own choice. This is a great opportunity to address issues you feel strongly about. You can sign up for that before the start of the session.
Stand for a position
Subject to approval of the WE draft Constitution by Party Conference, the Conference will elect five representatives to the Steering Committee and 14 people to take a seat on the Policy Committee. Find out more details here and make sure you inform us at the latest by 1 October if you are standing for any of these positions.
Participate in debates
Topical discussion debates will take place on the Saturday and will result in non-binding votes or decisions. Participate in the debates to prepare yourself for Party Business discussions on policies, the WE draft Constitution and motions, which will take place on the Sunday.
Put forward motions
Collaborate with other members or with your local branch to put forward a motion to discuss at Party Conference.
Put forward suggestions for topical discussions
A part of conference will be debating seminars where we will use different debating methods on topics of our choice. In collaboration with your branch or with other WE members, put forward a suggestion for a topical discussion.
Join workshops and get togethers
Join the conference workshops to meet with other WE members and learn something new.
Make sure you attend the Conference Opening and the Saturday night party to get the most out of your stay in Manchester!
Make up for what’s missing
Do you think the Women’s Equality Party is not addressing important issues? Join an open space session facilitated by Stella Duffy to discuss that and more.
What is a motion?
A motion is a proposal for discussion and possible adoption as a resolution. Read more about how to put forward motions in the guide to conference here >>
Watch this film for more...
We're looking forward to meeting you in November!
Party Conference 2016 will be held at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, M17 1AB.
Manchester is a hub for public transport and is easily accessible from all over the UK, with 2 major train stations (Piccadilly and Victoria) as well as being home to a large airport. Manchester is reachable by train from most UK cities within a few hours, such as Cardiff (less than 4 hours), London (2 hours), Newcastle (3 hours), Edinburgh (3.5 hours) and Exeter (4.5 hours).
The conference venue Victoria Warehouse is located to the south west of Manchester city centre, in the Trafford area. There are two tram stops within a short walk of the venue – Exchange Quay and Pomona – with trams running from the city centre every 6 – 12 minutes. For more information and timetables visit the Metro Link website. A limited provision for bicycle parking is available.
The following bus routes service the venue within 400m walk from the site: 53, 69, 250, 255 & 256. for more information, see the Transport for Manchester website or call 0871 200 2233.
We encourage delegates to travel to the venue by public transport (or on foot from nearby hotels). A limited number of parking spaces are available at the venue and will be reserved primarily for those with access requirements.
On Friday and Saturday (only), parking is available for 150 cars in car park E3 which is located at the back of the venue, off Trafford Wharf Road. On street parking and numerous other car parks can also be found in the vicinity. Please note, that on Sunday 27 November Manchester United is playing a home match and due to the venue’s proximity to Old Trafford football ground, roads and car parks are likely to be very busy.