Every year, Lib Dem Women present the Patsy Calton Award to an inspiration woman. Patsy was M.P. for Cheadle until her untimely death in 2005 not long after she'd been re-elected and we celebrate her life by recognising women in the party who follow in her footsteps by being an inspiration to other women.
We'll be hosting a cocktail reception at the York Priory Guest House, on Saturday 16th March at 6pm. Join us and meet other Lib Dem Women. Please RSVP to ensure the cocktails don't run out!
Bread and Roses
On Saturday 19th January Lib Dem Women will be marching with thousands of others to demand equality not austerity, will you be joining us?
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The Women’s March for 2019 is named after the 1912 ‘Bread and Roses’ rally, which revolutionised workers rights for women. The name is taken from a line in a speech given by American suffragette Rose Schneiderman, one of the most influential female labour union leaders, who said that “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” Via this powerful statement, Schneiderman was demanding both ‘bread,’ a metaphor for having the bare minimum, fair wages that enable workers to put food on the table, as well as ‘roses,’ to signify quality of life, brought about by having comfortable living and working conditions.
’Bread and Roses’ therefore became widely adopted as a political slogan for the western feminist movement in the early 1900’s.
Brexit: its effect on Women
Ever since the fateful result was announced the Lib Dems, NGOs, charities and thinktanks have been advising that some groups are going to come off disproportionately worse if we should leave the EU irrelevant of the deal struck. It has now become increasingly clear it is an ever-shrinking privileged minority that might benefit.
The Equality and Diversity forum have gathered together thoughts and research from a wide range of organisations to highlight just how badly women fair in the Brexit process and beyond. Much of the research gathered looks at intersections of race, ethnicity, disability, sexuality and gender - the culminative disadvantages of which seems to be missing from many of the governmental discussions.
Collecting Data to make Society Safer
As Lib Dems we are naturally cautious about the amount of data officials collect about us and how this data is used. A recent publication by the European Institute for Gender Equality has highlighted that the paucity of data collection in some areas is leading to worse outcomes for people in violent intimate partner relationships. Our lack of data means we are unable as a society to really look at trends and causes in a proactive way thus limiting both protective meansures and inteventions.
97000 People Per Year
Throughout the 16 days of activism we are highlighting differant aspects of gender based violence across differant media hoping to raise issues with the largest possible audience.
Yesterday Lib dem Voice published the article 97,000 People per year. The aim of the article is to personalize one of the 'most serious and damaging crimes in our society,’ in doing so giving a small insight into how this truly is a crime of power in every sense.
Much of the detail around these crimes remains shrouded in mystery as a sort of collective secret held by those who have gone through the system too terrifying to share.
16 Days of Activism
Each year since 1991 the 25th November has marked the start of 16 days of worldwide activism to end gender based violence. This year the theme is gender based violence at work - the revelations this year about how widespread sexual assault and un-wanted sexual advances are within politics and how legislation aids at times in legitimising rather than preventing domestic violence makes this years theme more relevant than ever.
From now until the 10th December (International Human rights day) we will be highlighting some of the issues, statististics and things that you can do to draw awareness so please keep checking in.
As orange is the official colour for raising awareness during this time you may see some of our blog posts in orange, this will also help you to pick off which ones relate to '16 day of activism'
Real’ Living Wage increases by 2.9% outside London
For some of the lowest earners in the UK todays news brought about a much needed pay rise. Whilst the Government set levels for minimum wage remain low the voluntary National living Wage organisation rates are now 10.55p per hour (in London) for the first time.
Disproportionately women make up nearly 2/3rds of low paid workers in the UK based on the research by KPMG in 2017, commenting on this Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said:
“These figures show that more can be done to reduce the 3.4 million working women earning less than the real Living Wage across the UK. Women make up nearly two thirds of the 5.5 million people in low paid roles, who are feeling the squeeze as inflation rises".
To read more about this please read https://www.livingwage.org.uk/news/news-women-continue-be-hit-hardest-low-wages-uk
Women and Equalities Committee Report
On October 23rd following months of dedicated research and questioning the Women and Equalities Comittee published its' research report 'Sexual Harassment of Women and Girls in Public Places'.
Flo Clucas Chair of LDW wrote the following piece for Lib Dem Voice either click on the link below to read it in full with comments or go to show more to bring up the excellent article wording without comments.
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"On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Each year since 2012 October the 11th has been a day where we look to empower girls whilst highlighting the unique challenges that they face.