10 September 2018
We're pleased to announce that GPW has officially joined the Women's Environment Network (WEN)'s Environmenstrual Coalition of organisations that wish to improve availability, access and use of sustainable period products. London Assembly Member Caroline Russell has been working on the issue as Chair of the Greater London Authority Environment Committee, who have produced a great "Unflushables" report.
After inviting Amelia as previous speaker (image left), Caroline has been asked to host the next WEN forum in October. Both will be speaking at Green Party Women's Conference AGM...
6 October from 14:45-16:00
City Hall, Bristol
Open to all members who are women (inc trans women*) and non-binary*. Our AGM will be a chance to look at our strategy for the year coming up, so come along if you want to have a say on what we should be campaigning on, or if you would like to get involved in campaigning, designing training, or helping write policies for gender equality for the Green Party.
Caroline Russell London Assembly member and councillor, will be joining us to talk about our plans for the Green Party's "Environmenstrual" campaign, as will Deputy Amelia Womack, who will be telling us about her gender campaigning over the past year. We will also be electing our committee.
Breastfeeding welcome, info re. creche, access fund and accessibility here: https://www.greenparty.org.uk/conference
Details of deadlines & how to submit motions or put yourself forward for next year's committee coming soon!
We will also be meeting for lunch before hand, 12.30pm onwards on Saturday of Conference. We are particularly inviting woman or non-binary councillors to come and share their experience of being selected, campaigning and being elected with aspiring GPW politicians. Thank you lots to all those who have said they can make it, including Association of Green Councillors Chair Elise Benjamin and former Councillor Jones, better known as our Peer Jenny! (Can you spot them, above centre, with the AGC and some other famous faces on a visit to Downing Street) Especially as the creche will be closed for lunch, we welcome those who wish to bring along their children.
Our latest campaign news
On International Women's Day 2018
1. Close Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre As women continue their hunger strike, Deputy Leader Amelia Womack was at the Home Office with protesters in solidarity.
2. Allow MPs to job-share Former Women’s Equality Spokesperson Sarah Cope and GPW Secretary Clare Lorraine Phipps were on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour talking about the campaign to increase diversity in our Parliament by allowing MPs to job-share.
3.Make misogyny a thing of the past Green Party Women are asking anyone who has worked in the third sector (now or in the past) to consider completing the Charityworks 'Sexism In The Third Sector' Survey on sexism and harassment. The research will help them understand the strengths and weaknesses of the sector, while ensuring it is open and safe for all people. Hear Green Party Women Membership Secretary RoseMary Warrington with others at the Home Office hand in of our petition to Make Misogyny a hate crime below.
4. Safeguarding reproductive rights Green Party Women are an official supporter of BPAS' 'Back Off' campaign. If you have been affected, in any way, by anti-abortion activity outside a clinic and would like to contribute to a survey of experiences you can do so here.
5.Celebrating 100 years since the UK’s first women voted While Caroline Lucas MP popped into a very special broom cupboard, Amelia and Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley MP, as well as Molly Scott Cato MEP and former Leader Natalie Bennett went #HungryforDemocracy. We also remembered those women who didn’t gain equal voting rights until a decade later, as well as the women of colour, disabled and queer women whose achievements in gaining women’s suffrage have been underappreciated.