It’s time for Equal Power: equal representation for women in all our diversity. We need women like you to take part.
Equal Power will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to stand for election, or support you to become a leader and campaigner in your local community.
220 women MPs were elected in the 2019 election, putting women's representation at 34%, up from 32%. This small increase demonstrates that progress towards equal representation is still too slow. A coalition of women's and civil society organisations has come together to fight for equal representation at every level of politics and public life.
Over the next three years we're going to be running an inspiring programme of training for women on how to successfully stand as an MP or local councillor, which includes peer support circles and mentoring opportunities to help build women’s confidence.
We will be running training for women who want to get more involved in grassroots activism in their local area or to put themselves forward for positions such as being a school governor or magistrate.
Equal Power will also strengthen existing networks for women already in politics. We’ll be inviting women to campaign with us and help to tear down the barriers that keep women out of politics and public life.
This three-year campaign, run by a coalition of women's and civil society organisations, is funded by Comic Relief and will run in Greater Manchester, London and Birmingham and the West Midlands. We will track the journeys of aspiring leaders to office and the barriers and discrimination they still face. Find out about our partners here.
Only 34% of MPs in the UK are women, and just 35% of local councillors are women. Evidence shows that issues which impact directly on women's lives are better represented and addressed if women are at the decision-making table.
We particularly want to centre BAME women, disabled women, working class women, younger women & those with caring responsibilities, all of whom are under-represented in national and local politics.
Partners will be scheduling training sessions in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and London throughout the next three years. Sign up today to receive information and registration instructions for events and campaign actions as they are announced.