STANDING FOR THE LABOUR PARTY NATIONAL WOMEN’S COMMITTEE
CAMPAIGN – SELF-ORGANISE – DEBATE
I have been an active member of the Labour Party since 2014 during which time I have served as Women’s Officer and Women’s Organiser in my constituency. I created the first women’s forum in Bury and established networks and support for women members.
I will bring my experience and energy to:
- Campaign: Creating a National Women’s Committee is an opportunity to centre women in our party, to support our women members in their work, prioritise issues and policy, and challenge institutional sexism and discrimination
- Self-organise: Facilitate better opportunities and support for women to network and organise across the party both formally and informally
- Debate: Promote and enable opportunities for open debate and discussion to establish and champion issues brought forward by women
WHAT I WILL DO WHEN ELECTED TO THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S COMMITTEE
As a Labour activist I have too often witnessed women members isolated in their own party; side-lined or discriminated against on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, race, or disability. I will challenge the party to do better to overcome barriers and improve women’s access to meetings, policy making and campaigning.
The party is taking a step in the right direction by setting up the National Women’s Committee and as a CLP representative on the committee I will bring my experience to ensure the party better enables women to organise and communicate.
Before setting up my own business, I worked for several years in and alongside local and national government to form policy and ensure delivery in the field of energy and fuel poverty.
I will use all my expertise to ensure the new national women’s committee builds a strong central set of priorities to enable more Labour women to gain and sustain a voice in the party.
The key to grassroots participation is through the new Women’s Branches and Women’s Officer structure, which I will prioritise – building formal networking and training to allow women to build local and regional contacts, organise on policy development and support each other within the party.