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.

 






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.
Clare and Sarah at the BBC

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.

Caroline in Emily Wilding Davison Broom Cupboard