Thank you for your interest in WE Worcester. We'd love you to join us!
The Worcestershire branch is growing steadily and very active. We stood in the Worcestershire County Council elections in 2017 and the Worcester City Council elections in 2018 and 2019. After last year's canceled elections we are standing for both Worcester City and Worcestershire County Council elections in May this year.
We also just launched our first-ever crowdfunder to raise much-needed funds to support our election efforts.
During this election, we are campaigning to:
Value care work
We've seen the true value of care during the pandemic. However, those same services have had their funding reduced or withdrawn leaving them in crisis, particularly in the childcare industry. Caring is essential, skilled, and specialist work and it deserves to be valued.
End violence against women and girls
COVID-19 has worsened the hidden pandemic that is domestic abuse. WE want to see better-funded services and better access to specialist services so that no women are turned away when they most need it.
Support active travel
During lockdowns, many of us have explored our local green spaces. We enjoyed our communities free from the usual air and noise pollution that comes with heavy road traffic. We want to see healthier communities, built for people not for cars, where our children can play safely, and we can all thrive and have access to green space.
Redress the political gender imbalance
Worcester City Council has just over 35% female councilors, County has a shocking 24%. It is women and minority groups who have borne the brunt of austerity measures over the last fifteen years and, more recently, COVID-19 and lockdown measures. More diversity within the City and County councils will ensure those voices are heard and those experiences valued.
But what about the rest of the year?
Beyond elections, we run local campaigns supporting both the party's national efforts and also raising local equality issues.
When we're allowed, we also hold regular coffee mornings, pub quizzes, summer picnics, high street stalls, and have stalls at Worcester and Malvern PRIDE. We've held a flash mob in Worcester high street and Worcester's first Reclaim The Night walk, alongside local organisations raising awareness of the pandemic of violence against women and girls (VAWG). We have also run a spoken word evening around VAWG and another on mental health with guest speakers.
Promoted by Kathryn Busby on behalf of Leisa Taylor, both of Women's Equality Party, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London EC1V 2NX