LDW Elections 2020:
Congratulations to our new LDW Executive!
The Blavatnik School of Government has three new scholarships this year, to support those wanting to stand for elected office in the UK and Ireland. They cover the costs of study for a one-year Master of Public Policy (MPP), with the ultimate goal of supporting diversity and world-class training among those entering politics.
We wondered if you could spread the word among potential candidates by tweeting, passing the details on to your membership or network, as well as advising us on any other channels we could use. If you are able to print off information to put on noticeboards, do please let me know and I can send you a pdf in A4 format. We also wanted to ask if you personally had anyone in mind that you would like to nominate?
Applicants must gain admission to the MPP first, and are eligible for the scholarship if they come from the UK or Ireland and intend to run for election in within the next five years. Some, we hope, may already have some experience - for example those like you working as staffers in the House. Others may be more recent graduates but with a demonstrated interest in politics.
The Blavatnik School MPP is an intensive one-year graduate degree that offers a distinctive approach to learning about public policy and draws students from all over the world. You can see more from our scholarship announcement:
Admissions opened: 2 September 2019
Deadline for applications: 10 January 2020
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.
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.
Click To Read Article on Lib Dem Voice