The Candidate & Diversity Team will be hosting a series of webinars on the candidate process; covering aspects of approval, selection and candidacy.
The sessions will be led by some of the party’s most experienced candidates and trainers. Full details can be found by clicking in this tab.
FORWARD in collaboration with the Bar for Human Rights Committee of England and Wales invites you to the launch of The United to END FGM (UEFGM) European Knowledge Platform, a free-of-charge online platform offering information and practical advice to professionals on female genital mutilation (FGM). The knowledge platform includes: an e-learning course (consists of 6 streams Health, Asylum, Law Enforcement Police and Judicial, Social and Child Protection, Education and the role of the media) available in 9 languages, country specific information covering 11 EU member states, as well as ‘live knowledge’ including webinars and an online discussion forum. Click on this tab to find out more.
Don't forget to register for our Saturday morning Brunch on 25 March - an update and discussion on the impact of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on young women and girls.
Time: 10.30 am – 1:00pm
Venue: Francis Taylor Building
At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation. If current trends continue, 15 million more girls could be affected by 2030. Changing people’s perceptions and attitudes about FGM is perhaps the biggest challenge.
Join our two experts - Comfort Momoh MBE (FGM Consultant and Public Health Specialist) and Joy Clarke (FGM Specialist Midwife) to discuss the approaches needed to enhance progress, success stories and what more needs to be done to end this abhorrent practice.
This is a free event but a suggested donation of £10 to the Fund for Gender Equality is warmly encouraged. It is essential to register prior to the event to secure your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Conference 2017
From the 17th-19th of March 2017, Liberal Democrat Women will be at the York Spring Conference and we look forward to seeing you at there! We will be hosting a fringe event, a drinks reception and an exhibition stand. Click on this tab for more information.
Mandatory reporting of all cases of female genital mutilation identified in the UK has now been in place for about 18months and useful data are emerging. However, there has still not been a single successful prosecution in the UK, although several cases are currently under police investigation. A major barrier to prosecution is the understandable unwillingness of girls to give evidence in court against family members.
Save Action’s FGM Community Clinic
Acton’s FGM Community Clinic which supports thousands of women will be forced to close after March as it has lost its funding. Click on this tab to find out more.
The Future Women Member of Parliament Weekend is an exciting residential training weekend specifically designed for women who might be interested in standing for Westminster. It is run by the Campaign for Gender Balance (CGB) which is now a part of LDW. Jo Swinson, Tessa Munt and Jenny Willott all started their successful quests for a seat in Parliament at a FWMPs Weekend, and so could you!
Participants will receive expert training from top trainers and Party representatives on the skills and knowledge needed to stand for parliament, personalised advice and guidance on their political career, and the chance to network with other women interested in standing. If you would like to apply for a place, print off, complete and return the application form to email@example.com. You will find the application form by clicking on this tab. Please spread the word about this fantastic opportunity to women members who you feel are strong applicants.
Women’s March on London
On January 21st 2017, the first day of Donald Trump’s Presidency, women-led marches, welcoming all participants, will take place across the world. We call on people of all genders to march in London as part of an international day of action in solidarity. Click here to find out more!
The Prime Minister is set to ask Parliament to trigger article 50 by the end of March, but St Albans voted 63% Remain with an 82.5% turnout. In keeping with this, St Albans Lib Dems will be hosting a big campaign day to speak with voters about BREXIT and the upcoming county elections. Campaigning will kick off from 10am. For more information, click on this tab!
The Diversity Team will be running a two-day Training for Trainers Course from the 7-8th of January 2017. Being a trainer is a tremendously rewarding experience as it allows you to empower other members of the party, particularly women, using your unique skill-set. Are you interested in becoming a trainer for the Liberal Democrats? If so, click on this tab to find out more.