Equal PowerEqual Power launches new online summer workshop programme Equal Power is a three-year campaign to get more women in all our diversity into politics at every level. This summer, because of coronavirus we’re running a programme of FREE online training for women on community organising and leadership, getting into politics and using your voice online. This programme includes sessions specifically for women who are Black, Asian or part of a minority ethnicity. You don't need any existing knowledge or experience. You can sign up here for several different sessions or just one, whatever works for you. Take part to be inspired and gain the skills and knowledge to get more politically active. We welcome women from across the political parties. Equal Power is run by: More about the campaign Existing inequalities mean that women are going to be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Yet women have largely been invisible from the UK governments crisis decision making table. Only 34% of MPs and just 35% of local councillors in England and Wales are women. A coalition of women's and civil society organisations has come together to create a movement for equal representation at every level of politics and public life. 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. Over the three years we're 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 as well as training on community activism and leadership. 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 work 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. Sign up to the Equal Power mailing list here. Values Partners Join our movement Free workshops Home Training Online workshop programme Because of Coronavirus, Equal Power training is moving online. We’re running a programme of FREE online training for women on getting into politics, using your voice online and community organising and leadership. This programme includes sessions on getting into politics specifically for women who are Black, Asian or part of a minority ethnicity. You don't need any existing knowledge or experience. Sign up for several different sessions or just one, whatever works for you. Take part to be inspired and gain the skills and knowledge to get more politically active. We welcome women from across the political parties. Getting into politics How can I become an MP? With the Parliament Project explore what UK Parliament does, how MPs fulfill their responsibilities, and the difference between being an MP in Government and in opposition. As well as the time commitment, skills and experiences required to take on the role. Hear from current women MPs about their route into politics, and the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced. 10th September - Sign up here 50:50 Parliament Networking Event: Building Diversity into DemocracyBlack, Asian and ethnic minority women, women with disabilities, women on low incomes and many others face additional hurdles to getting into politics. Join this 50:50 Parliament networking event to talk about how we build a truly diverse, representative democracy that draws upon the widest possible pool of women’s talent. Some brilliant MPs will be joining the session and talking about their experiences. Florence Eshalomi MP (Labour) Helen Grant MP (Conservative) Hannah Bardell MP (SNP) 21st September - sign up Standing for Parliament Each political party has different processes, in these sessions you will learn about the steps to get selected as a parliamentary candidate for each party as well as hear from inspiring women MPs. The Labour Party Learn about the Labour Party's selection process with The Parliament Project and Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. 5th October - sign up The SNP With The Parliament Project and DR Philippa Whitford MP for Central Ayrshire learn about how to become a parliamentary candidate for the SNP.14th October – sign up The Conservative Party In this session you'll hear from Nickie Aiken, Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster and Tori Peck who is Head of Women's Engagement at the Conservative Party. Together with The Parliament Project they’ll be exploring the Conservative Party's selection process. 20th October - sign up The Liberal DemocratsWith The Parliament Project and Christine Jardine MP learn about the Liberal Democrats parliamentary selection process and becoming a Lib Dem MP. 3rd November - sign up Standing for The Green Party The Parliament Project are bringing together experienced members of the party to talk about the selection process for standing as a Green councillor, MP or MSP.9th November - sign up Standing for the Women's Equality Party Hear from experienced members of the party about the selection process for standing as a WEP councillor, MP or MSP. This session is hosted by The Parliament Project. 17th November - sign up Standing as an Independent Hear from experienced individuals about standing as an independent Councillor, MP or MSP. This session is hosted by The Parliament Project. 25th November - sign up Community leadership and activism Your next civic role. Become a magistrate.Learn about what magistrates do, the skills you might need to become one and the application process with Muslim Women's Network UK. You will also hear from women who are currently magistrates and have the opportunity to ask them questions.9th September - sign up Your next civic role. Take on a board roleLearn about being a charity trustee and on a company’s board of directors with Muslim Women's Network UK. Get a better understanding of the recruitment process, responsibilities, time commitment and skills and experience you might need. Hear from inspiring women with board experience. 23rd September - sign up Getting into politics as a Black, Asian or minority ethnicity Woman More sessions and dates coming soon. Using your voice online More sessions and dates coming soon.