Today, we are launching an open letter to all the candidates for the Labour leadership. You can read it in full here. In it, we say:
We are proud of Labour’s record on equality, but far too many women are put off politics before they even contemplate standing for election – and there are still far too many barriers that stop women from being meaningfully involved at every level in the Party. The fact that the 2010 election has been widely referred to as ‘the election in which women were invisible’ shows a clear and pressing need for action.
We are asking all the candidates for the Party leadership to reply to us, and set out their agenda for changing the Party to make it more representative of women, from branch meetings to the shadow cabinet table. We’ll be publishing their replies in full as soon as we have them.
We want them to commit to action in 5 key areas:
- Commit to speak out on issues that affect women.
- Act to ensure gender balance at every level of the Labour Party.
- Support a meaningful and well-resourced national, regional and local organisational and campaigning structure for women within the Party.
- Take personal responsibility for a cultural change from the top to the bottom of the Party to tear down the barriers that stop women getting or staying involved.
- Install a transparent and accessible complaints procedure that takes complaints seriously and acts quickly.
We want as many Labour women to sign the letter as possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and CLP or affiliate, and we’ll add your name.