WE are pushing for equal representation in politics, business, industry and throughout working life. WE are pressing for equal pay and an equal opportunity to thrive. WE are campaigning for equal parenting and care-giving and shared responsibilities at home to give everyone equal opportunities both in family life and in the workplace. WE urge an education system that creates opportunities for all children and an understanding of why this matters. WE strive for equal treatment of women by and in the media. WE seek an end to violence against women. (Source: http://www.womensequality.org.uk)
For more iformation and background about the WEP go to their 'Story So Far' page at http://www.womensequality.org.uk/our_history
So because our Project is about tracing and sharing the roots of women's social-political activism, increasing the visibility and awareness of that history, we thought it would be remiss of us not to document and attend the historic inaugural Women's Equality Party (WEP) Conference, not because of party political politics but because the realisation of such a political party, is a tangible manifestation of the culmination of a movement (or set of movements) and actions over the last 100, or so, years. The rationale for going was in no small part affected by the Conference Programme which clearly indicated that homage would be paid to the various actions of women and men (both individually and in groups) which helped us to arrive at this significant moment in time. Party Leader Sophie Walker outlined the main remit of the Party and put the 'journey' up to and including the inaugural conference in context. Sophie vowed to defend the rights of non-white, working class women and promised to prioritise the needs of LGBT+, disabled and migrant women. The WE has attracted 65,000 members and supporters since it was founded last year by the broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and the journalist Catherine Mayer. The current WEP membership far out numbers that of UKIP(which in August stood at 39,000), yet unlike UKIP it gets very little 'air time'. Sandi Toksvig among other things, highlighted the issue of 'Women Missing from History' while Catherine Mayer, WEP President, focused some time on 'Putting Women into History'. See the Conference Launch outlined below.
Conference Programme Day 1 Friday 25 November
16.30 – 18.30 Registration
This can take a long time so please arrive promptly
17.00 – 21.00 Dinner time Street food stalls serve food from around the world
19.00 – 20.30 WE are the Startup Sophie Walker, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party opens proceedings Sandi Toksvig, M.C. asks Why Are Women Missing from History? Catherine Mayer, WE President, on Putting Women into History
Music & film screening 20.30 – 23.00 WE Voices
Members & supporters are invited to speak up in this open mic session 20.30 – midnight Raise the Bar at the Bar
So our trip to Manchester was to document this unique event and provide an opportunity for up to 10 women and girls from Derbyshire to learn more about the 'Politics' in women's social-political activism.