Do you feel that women’s voices are not being heard in politics? Although we now have a woman Prime Minister, women only make up 29% of MPs, which means issues that affect women disproportionately are not being discussed, debated and acted upon. The Women’s Equality Party aims to change that. WE unite people of all genders, ethnicities, beliefs and ages in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men.
WEP was founded in 2015 by author Catherine Mayer and TV star Sandi Toksvig. Sophie Walker, leader of the party, is a journalist, blogger and autism campaigner based in North London. Last year Sophie ran for London Mayor. She gathered 5.2% of the total votes in the London Mayoral race, beating George Galloway and following UKIP’s 6.6% – an amazing feat for a brand new party.
WE’s aims are simple:
- Equal representation in positions of power.
- Equal pay and opportunity in the workplace.
- Equal parenting and caregiving, so women are not predominantly the primary carers.
- Equal education, so that girls’ aspirations can be met.
- Equal media treatment, to stop the objectification of women.
- Ending violence against women and girls.
- Equal treatment in health, fair funding of women’s diseases and treatment.
We are non-partisan, which means we support other parties if they support our policies, so our aim is to make the traditional parties sit up, listen, and act on the policies which will make gender equality a reality. If we continue in the same old way, we won’t achieve equality for at least another hundred years!
WE Haringey is a new branch (we were originally joint with Barnet) and are now focusing solely on what matters to the people of Haringey. For example, WE know that Fair Funding for Schools is an issue, as is the lack of affordable housing, and that we all want safer streets free from catcalling and intimidation. WE have already been out and about visiting schools in the borough, and running street stalls so that we can hear your views, but we want to make sure we are reaching out to all sections of Haringey.
And that’s where you come in! We’d love to hear from you, so why not join us at our Open Branch Meeting on 20th April, venue tbc, or email us at [email protected] to find out more. The 2018 local elections are only just over a year away, so if you’ve ever thought about taking part in local politics, now’s the time!
WE are not going to wait for equality, WE are going to make it happen – now.
Oh, and we’re on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WEPHaringey/ and on Twitter @wepharingey – so please like us and follow us.