Equal PowerEqual Power is a ground-breaking campaign to transform women’s representation at every level of politics. 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. Sign up to the Equal Power Bulletin to get involved. 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. Equal Power is run by: More about the campaign 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. Sign up to be part of our Equal Power movement today. 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. The equal representation of men and women is essential to effective democracy. 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. Join our movement for Equal Power here. Values Partners Training Sign up today Home Values Our Values The objective of this project is to support all women, who are currently under-represented in positions of power across society, to stand for election and become leaders in their communities. A particular focus is on including and advancing women of colour, women of faith, women with disabilities, working class women, younger women and those with caring responsibilities, who are all further underrepresented. Sexism intersects with other forms of discriminations such as racism, and these groups of women face additional barriers to public life which we are campaigning to tear down. By the nature of this intersectionality, women have different experiences and understandings of patriarchy, feminism and of what urgently needs to change. We ask that all participants be sensitive of this and to commit to our values of equality, respect, inclusivity and compassion. Our mission of equal representation for women across all levels of politics brings us together and is our common ground. We welcome all women to participate in Equal Power. Hate speech will not be tolerated and our workshop facilitators have the right to ask participants to leave if they feel they are not respecting the values of the Equal Power campaign. Hate speech is commonly defined as: “Expressions of hatred toward someone on account of that person's colour, race, disability, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin, religion, or LGBT+ status, or other equality strands.” If we become aware of a participant committing hate speech outside of the workshops for example, on social media or while giving a public speech we reserve the right to stop them from taking part in Equal Power programme. We also ask that participants never claim to represent or be speaking as the Equal Power campaign.