We have now published our revised manifesto.
It adds detail to our 5 New Year resolutions which form the pillars of our campaign:
2. The law must work for women
3. An end to violence against women
4. Nothing about us without us
5. Sex matters
4. Education and training
5. Law and criminal justice system
6. Representation and participation in public life
What is our manifesto for?
Over the past year or so, we have been asked by all the politicians we have met, “Just what is it that you want?”
The fact that they are asking us this betrays their lack of insight into women’s lives and a breakdown in communication with us.
This is a failure afflicting all political parties.
They have all been relying on think-tanks and NGOs to represent women’s voices but many of these organisations have failed us. So we asked individual women and independent, front-facing women’s groups what they wanted and our manifesto demands are based on what they told us.
First and foremost, it’s a list of demands which we think would address the oppression and discrimination women face.
Secondly, our manifesto is a mirror, reflecting this failure of society, politics and the economy to meet women’s needs or address our oppression. Our demands tell the depressing story of how women are being let down at every turn.
Thirdly, our manifesto is a rebuke. It calls our politicians to account. Our demands highlight the catalogue of failures which blight our lives.
And finally, our manifesto is a reckoning.
Women are sick of being ignored, dismissed, mocked and vilified for expecting our rights to be respected.
As the growth of a women’s liberation movement attests, women are now calling our political representatives to account.
How should it be used?
We want you to use this manifesto to start a conversation with your friends, family members and colleagues.
Take it into any social or political organisations you belong to and have the conversations there too.
Send it to your political representatives and ask them what they think.
We are working on a simple print version for you to print and send. Bear with us.
Ask them to use our demands to make their policy. And if they think we’ve got it wrong, ask them what do they propose to do instead to challenge the oppression and discrimination women face?
Write a letter to your political representative. Read our guidance and model letter here.
Post your letter to your political representative at their parliamentary address
- Westminster: The House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
- Holyrood: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
- Wales: The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA
If you choose to write by email, link to our manifesto.
Whichever method you use, please let us know their response.