Why Women stand for the Green Party

11 May 2017

Don't be afraid to put yourself forward, even if you've never been a candidate before - the Green Party needs you! And if you know someone who would make a great candidate, please encourage them to put themselves forward!
Here are just a few of the many Green Party Women members preparing to stand....

 


Mags, who's standing in South Greenwood

 


"It's vitally important for our democracy that Parliament reflects the fantastic mix of people she represents, and made up of a cross section of society. As a disabled woman, I felt it was important to stand in the GE, as I want to make a difference and show the inclusive nature of the GP. It's so important everyone, particularly disabled people see disabled people aiming for political office and influence, as we have so much to offer, and want to be enabled, not done to!"

Mags, standing in South Greenwood


Aimee, standing in Coventry

 

"I'm proud to be standing for the Green Party in this General Election. I think it's important that Parliament is representative of the diversity of our society. We should be aiming to see more trans and non-binary people in politics. This week we launched the LGBTIQA+ manifesto, so now it's time for us to step up to the mark and practice what we believe in."

Aimee, standing in Coventry

   
Esther, standing in Tooting

'When I looked at the political landscape I didn't see anyone that represented me or stood for the things that I believed in. So after years of getting angry at the fear-mongering, the name-calling and divisiveness of politics I decided to stand for the Green Party. The only party that championed equality in all aspects of society. I also felt that if young BAME women never saw other BAME women in politics, or local government how would they every come to think “this could be for me?” “I could be that”

Running for election the first, second, and third time was nerve wrecking, frustrating, and challenging but worth every single minute. During the campaign I wasn’t sure exactly what would it be like. I wondered what I was getting myself into. How would I manage my full time job as a teacher and campaigning? Would I be taken seriously? Do I know enough? Am I prepared enough? Am I good enough? It was the fear of the unknown. But during the whole process, I often I had to tell myself “you are capable of things you can’t imagine and don’t let other people scare you”. I spoke to people within the party who gave me the truth about how much time and effort it would involve, how much passion I needed to have and if I was truly in it for the right reasons. Without that support and scaffolding it would definitely have been more difficult.

 






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