Equal Power

Join our movement for Equal Power 

Equal Power is a three-year campaign led by The Fawcett Society to get more women in all of our diversity into politics at every level.

We're running FREE online training for women on getting into politics and using your voice online. 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. 

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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 Black, Asian and ethnic minority 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 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.

Online workshop programme  
Because of coronavirus, all Equal Power training is now online. 

We’re running a programme of FREE online training for women on getting into politics, using your voice online and getting active in the upcoming local government elections. This programme includes spaces and support specifically for groups of women who are underrepresented across politics, including Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women and Disabled women. 

You don't need any existing knowledge or experience. Sign up for several different sessions or just one, whatever works for you.

We are committed to ensuring that our trainings accommodate the needs of all women. If you need additional support to take part in an online workshop, such as live closed captioning or a BSL interpreter you'll be able to request this when booking onto a session. 

Take part to be inspired and gain the skills and knowledge to get more politically active. We welcome women from across the political parties (and none).


Getting into politics 

50:50 question time: How parties select you
This 50:50 Parliament event will be hosted by Professor Sarah Childs, author of the Good Parliament Report. She will be putting your questions to the panel to find out how we can all support women in getting selected and elected. This is an opportunity to ask questions about what the parties are looking for in their candidates, how the selection processes work and how they encourage and support women to progress in politics. Excitingly, the following MPs will be on the panel:

Julie Marson MP - Vice-chair of the Conservative Candidates Committee
Charlotte Nichols MP - Labour Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Sarah Olney MP - Liberal Democrat elected in 2019
Kirsten Oswald MP - SNP Westminster Deputy Leader
Florence Eshalomi MP - Labour elected in 2019 for Vauxhall
Guy Opperman MP - previous Co-chair of Conservative Women to Win

21st April – sign up here

What does my political future look like?
Have you recently got excited about the potential of political activism? Do you want to be making decisions for your community and are working out what that means? This series of three weekly sessions with The Parliament Project will help you reflect on your passions and map out your journey to elected office with a community of supportive women.  
6th, 13th & 20th July - sign up here 


Getting into politics: Support and spaces for under-represented groups of women

What’s it like being a Disabled Woman in Politics?
Are you a D/deaf or Disabled Woman considering a political career, but not sure if it is the right decision for you? Are you wondering whether politics is accessible to you? This workshop is part of our Finding Your Community: Learn From Women Just Like You series and provides a safe space for D/deaf or Disabled women to hear from other women with lived experience of being in elected office. It is hosted by The Parliament Project and Centenary Action Group.
13th May 2021 - sign up here.

50:50 networking: Inspiring and Supporting Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women into elected office
This event will be hosted by Councillor Nanda Manley-Browne who leads 50:50 Parliament's Diversity Team. Nanda is an elected councillor and runs 50:50's monthly "Connect & Reflect Sessions" offering bespoke support for women from minority backgrounds who want to progress in politics. The panel will include inspirational women from minority groups who have won seats.
21st May – sing up here.

What does my political future look like? For Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women  
Have you recently got excited about the potential of political activism? This series of three weekly sessions will take you on a journey with a supportive community of other Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Women as you map out the next steps in your political journey. The Parliament Project and Muslim Women’s Network UK will help you reflect on your passions and map out your journey to elected office.
7th, 14th & 21st June – sign up here. 

A note on language: We understand and are mindful of the limitations of certain phrases used when describing diverse women with intersecting identities. We are exploring the language we use, particularly for those whom racism, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination may be factors in their experiences, particularly when embarking on political journeys. We are committed to creating spaces for such women, in order to better understand and address the inequalities faced.


Peer support and networking:

Peer support circle – cohort 7
The Parliament Project's peer support circles are a seven-session journey, creating a practical, safe and ambitious space for you to connect with other politically ambitious women. Together in these 1.5-hour sessions we will help you plan your pathway to politics and encourage each other onwards.
Tuesday evenings, 18th May - 29th June.


Using your voice online

More trainings coming soon!