What is the Women’s Equality Party?

The Women’s Equality Party (WE) was formed in March 2015 in response to the need for a political party who focused on gender equality to the benefit of all. The party stated that, ‘Equality for women isn’t a women’s issue. When women fulfil their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself.’

The party was co-founded by author and journalist Catherine Mayer and broadcaster and author Sandi Toksvig. After establishing WE, it was announced that the party leader would be journalist Sophie Walker.

The party has since announced its policies, manifesto and its six main goals, which are;

  • Equal representation in politics and business
  • Equal representation in education
  • Equal pay
  • Equal treatment of women by and in the media
  • Equal parenting rights
  • An end to violence against women

On the back of a fundraising campaign, the WE successfully raised enough funds to be able to stand in May 2016’s elections. It was recently announced that leader Sophie Walker would be standing in the London Mayoral elections.

To find out more about the Women’s Equality Party, visit their website.

Latest news about the Women’s Equality Party

Womens EquJo Brand, Rosie Boycott, Catherine Mayer, Sandi Toksvig, Tanya Moodie & Sophie Walker Womens Equality Party event featuredality Party event featuredCelebrities join the Women’s Equality Party to launch election campaign

Comedian Jo Brand, journalist Caitlin Moran and actress, Tanya Moodie joined leading members of the Women’s Equality Party to launch their election campaign, last night.

As part of a 5×15 fundraising event at Central Hall Westminster, founders Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer, and leader Sophie Walker marked the beginning of their political campaign in the London Mayoral, London and Welsh Assemblies, and Scottish Parliament elections.

houses of parliament featuredWomen’s Equality Party calls for fair pensions for women ahead of this week’s House of Commons debate

The Women’s Equality Party (WE) has called for a single rate of pension tax relief at 25% too boost savings for low earners, ahead of this week’s House of Commons debate on changes made to state pensions in 1995.

This Thursday MPs will discuss changes which were made to state pensions in 1995, which saw more than two million women affected.

Polling stationWomen’s Equality Party launch search for May 2016 candidates

The Women’s Equality Party has launched its appeal today to find candidates for May 2016 elections.

Last month, WE announced that they had reached their fund target allowing them to stand candidates and the party are now calling for people to apply. Over 65 local branches will use their own networks to seek out a diverse and electable list, alongside an online process that is open to everyone.

Women's Equality PartyGender inequality is top of the agenda as Women’s Equality Party release first manifesto

The leader of the newly founded Women’s Equality Party is expected to launch a scathing attack on the mainstream political parties, in their first manifesto.

Sophie Walker, who was elected as leader in July, will aim to bring gender inequality to the forefront of the political agenda and challenge David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn to “wake up to the real gender pay gap.”

Sophie WalkerSophie Walker chosen as leader of the Women’s Equality Party

The Women’s Equality Party (WEP) have announced their first leader as Sophie Walker.

Walker, 44, a Reuters journalist and author, is to stand at the helm of Sandi Toksvig’s political offering designed to campaign for women’s rights. The organisation is currently the fastest growing party, with 1,300 people paying £4 for a monthly membership on the first day.

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