In the forthcoming General Election, it is important to make sure that issues of concern to women are at the forefront of political campaigning and that women know what their elected MP will do for women’s rights.
Woman’s Place UK is not affiliated to any political party and has members and supporters from different political traditions, but we think all candidates should be able to commit to some basic principles that demonstrate their commitment to women’s rights.
We want you to ask all prospective parliamentary candidates the following 5 questions:
1. Do you agree that women have the right to organise and speak freely?
2. What steps will you take to make sure the law and criminal justice system works for women?
3. What action will you take to end violence against women and girls?
4. How will you make sure that diverse voices of women are heard in policy-making decisions?
5. Do you commit to upholding women’s sex-based rights as outlined in the Equality Act and, if necessary, strengthening them?
And if you only get the chance to ask one question, ask this one:
Do you commit to upholding women’s sex-based rights as outlined in the Equality Act and, if necessary, strengthening them?
How to contact your prospective parliamentary candidates
Please consider emailing these questions to all your Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.
- This site will tell you they are and how to contact them. You should also be able to find contact addresses on your local party websites.
Please consider attending local hustings meetings where you can put these questions to the candidates.
- Details of any public meetings should be on local party websites and advertised in local press.
Use social media to ask the questions.
- Most candidates will be on Twitter and many will have a Facebook campaign page.
- Use these hashtags #WomenVote #GE2019 #GeneralElection2019 #GeneralElection19
Write and ask.
- The constituency addresses should be available on the local party websites.
Ask the questions on the doorstep.
- Lots of candidates or their representatives will be knocking on doors to try and win your vote.
- Make them work for it.
Share what they say.
- Let other voters in your constituency know.
- Let us know so we can keep a record.