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 It's time for equal power and representation for women in all our diversity. For the foreseeable future we are going to be offering all our Equal Power training online because of the pandemic. In these difficult and uncertain times, it's important that we still keep talking about equal representation for women. Women still do the majority of unpaid care in the UK and as the schools close many women will be trying to juggle caring for children, elderly relatives & working. Women are also more likely to be on zero-hour contracts and in precarious work and will therefore be hit hard financially. The outbreak is going to have a huge impact on all our lives, but it will have particular and substantial impact on women's lives. We need to be at the decision-making table. Sign up to an online session and start building the skills and knowledge to get into politics or to start campaigning for change right now in your community. All training is FREE thanks to the support of our funder Comic Relief. We are committed to ensuring that workshops accommodate the needs of all women. If you need additional support to take part in an online workshop, such as a BSL interpreter, please email [email protected] and we will do everything we can to make sure these needs are met. CANCELLED - Equal Power London: Get Ready to StandSaturday 21 March This in person workshop has been cancelled and is being replaced by an online workshop run by The Parliament Project on Thursday 2nd April, 7pm until 9pm. Understand the process of standing to be a Councillor or MP, explore your political pathway and meet other women who want to raise their voice too. This is for women who are considering or want to get into politics. Sign up & more info about the online session here. CANCELLED - Equal Power Birmingham: Get Ready to StandSaturday 25 April This workshop has been cancelled and will be replaced by an online session, date to be announced shortly. In the meantime, if you sign up to the original eventbrite you will be on the list to receive the info about the new date and time for the online workshop. This session is run by The Parliament Project and is for women who are considering or want to get into politics. Understand the process of standing to be a Councillor or MP, explore your political pathway and meet other women who want to raise their voice too. Equal Power Manchester: Get Ready to StandSaturday 16 May Join The Parliament Project & Glitch for an afternoon of information, inspiration and motivation to explore your political pathway. Demystify the process of standing to be a Councillor or MP, equip yourself for the journey ahead and network with other women who want to raise their voice too. This is for women who are considering or want to get into politics. Sign up & more info here.