jennifer smith

STANDING FOR THE LABOUR PARTY NATIONAL WOMEN’S COMMITTEE

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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:

  1. 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
  2. Self-organise: Facilitate better opportunities and support for women to network and organise across the party both formally and informally
  3. 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. 

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