Women's Equality Party - Lewisham Branch

The Women's Equality Party - Lewisham Branch has been invited by Lewisham Council to give evidence at their next Barriers to Politics Working Group hearing on 18th April. Central Office have asked Madeline Petrillo (Branch Leader) and Rebecca Manson Jones (local candidate) to speak. The theme of the evening is Gender, Age and Caring Responsibilities and we are very pleased to have been given 10 minutes. WE need your help. It won't take long we can only afford 10 questions! Don't think us rude we haven't asked for names because that's 2 questions already. If you want to tell us more please email us weplewisham@gmail.com
You may already have contributed to the Fawcett Society's survey on women on politics which is currently circulating. If not, please do. This opportunity is an added bonus - the chance to explore the situation in the local context. This information will be valuable to us as a branch and for the party, so we'd really appreciate you taking the time before next Tuesday to fill in the few questions we have. Feel free to pass this to non-members (as long you as you ask them to join as well). JOIN WE
We'll let you know how we get on.
Thanks
Madeline and Rebecca 
WEP Lewisham

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* 1. A few bits to get us started... call it the housekeeping - for all of these questions, you can do "Prefer not to say" or leave it blank, but it's helpful to be able to explain what variety of people responded. It's all confidential.

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. WEP Lewisham has been asked to present evidence on barriers to politics. WE know from many members that they have never been formally involved in politics before, so if that's you could you tells us what the reasons for that are...

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* 4. If you have tried to get involved in local politics and encountered obstacles, what if any of the following have contributed to you feeling or being blocked - how significant on scale of 1 (left)  - 5(right)  with 5 as a very high barrier and 1 a low/no barrier.

 
gender
age
caring responsibilities
financial circumstances
family expectations
cultural heritage
access
lack of role models
not understanding the party political system
not wishing to align self with any of the main parties
faith
lack of information about local elections

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* 5. If you have ever considered standing in any kind of election e.g: at school, student, professionally, community group, charity trustee .... what if any barriers have you encountered relating to

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* 6. Why does equality of gender representation at local Council level matter to you? What impact do you think it could have? How does it intersect with other under-representation?

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* 7. What actions could be taken to make the organisation and the results of local elections more representative?

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* 8. Which of these actions could be taken to make the running of the Council's affairs more accessible to all genders, age groups and to those with caring responsibilities? - sorry I can't fix the buttons to change it so you can tick them all, if you want to tick more than one add that to the text box thanks!

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* 9. What would enable you to become more active in local politics?

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* 10. And finally..... What tools would you need to be confident about standing for local election (for any party or none)? You can also use this to tell us anything we've forgotten to ask  - or email us.

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