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Redbridge Labour Women: Made in Dagenham, The Next Chapter

25 Apr

Driving Women to the Top

Sunday May 12th, Holiday Inn, Ilford. 09.00-17.00

by Annajoy David

When I returned to Redbridge after my time in Scarborough and Whitby as PPC I noted a distinct lack of women active in the party . When I turned up to my first GC meeting in Ilford North CLP, I think I was 1 of 2 women in attendance. I have to say it wasn’t much better out canvassing and talking and listening to residents. It was a case of “rarely seen” and practically “never heard”

The two CLP’s have been working hard with our excellent borough organiser Matt Goddin to do something about this. Following a workshop at our Redbridge wide conference last September we started a women’s coffee morning group.

Our little group is now not so little and has a wide range of women involved; some of whom are supporters of the Labour Party, we also have many of our women councillors along with lots of our new younger women Driving Women to the Topmembers .

The conference will principally focus on Health and Well Being issues and those of Work, Pay and Pensions. There will also be a range of workshops on these issues and one on Education and local schools hosted, by Fiona Millar

In the morning our panel will be discussing Work, Pay and Benefits: the female economy including join Seema Malhotra MP and Susan Nash, former chair of Young Labour with Unite the Union Siobhan Endean, National Officer for Equalities,

The panel will run for about an hour including a 15 minute Q&A. It will be chaired by Cllr. Elaine Norman from Redbridge Labour Group. The Panel discussion will run from 11.00-12.00

The afternoon will focus on health and well-being issues, such as obesity and the role of fast food chains, the “pollution” of our high streets of the industrialised global food chain . Diane Abbott will focus on “sex-texting”, looking at the influences and pressures on young teenage girls, and the good, bad and ugly in social media and women and girls. The panel discussion will also focus on domestic violence and abuse and the 1 billion rising campaign. Diane Abbot MP and Stella Creasy MP will sit on this panel with Gladys Xavier, Deputy Director of Redbridge Public Health .

A crèche for children will be available and a ‘1,000 dresses’ swap shop clothes stall will run throughout the day. A full buffet hot/cold lunch will be provided as will servings of tea and coffee. The event is free and is by registration in advance. You can sign up by clicking here, and there is a map to the venue below. We look forward to seeing you there.

The 84% – starting the digital fightback

29 Jun

by Amy Jackson

Coalition cuts have resulted in massive unemployment for women. Of the 231,000 made redundant since the cuts were implemented, 193,000 are women. That is 84%. Worryingly, this attack on women’s At the job centreemployment has been given little to no airplay by traditional media, despite the fact that the number of women out of work now is the highest in 25 years. Worse still, this trend is likely to carry on as the government continues to bring the axe down on the public sector, where women make up 65% of the workforce. In November 2011, the Office of Budgetary Responsibility estimated that 710,000 jobs will be lost in the public sector between now and 2017.

The evidence showing that women are bearing the brunt of the cuts is easy to find. The Fawcett Society, who campaign for equality for women, say on their website:

‘Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that, since the end of the recession (at the end of 2009), women’s unemployment has been rising at a significantly disproportionate rate to men’s. In February 2012, men’s unemployment stood slightly below where it did back then (at 1.535 million) whereas women’s unemployment has increased by over 20% (from 945,000 to 1.14 million). In fact, over the past two years women have accounted for 100% of the increase in unemployment.’

Yet outside of the websites and press releases of women’s groups and trade unions, there is very little coverage of the issue. A very quick scan of news results on ‘Google News’ shows articles dealing specifically with women’s unemployment are few and far between, mostly making a passing reference to women while discussing the wider issues of unemployment as a whole. The lack of media attention means the issue is going unnoticed by the majority, and the government is not being held accountable for its attack on women workers. 

Donna Govan, campaigner for Unison, said, ‘Having been signed up to all both the political blogs and the ‘feminist’ blogs, I’ve been concerned that this issues appears to be ignored by the political blogosphere because it is a women’s issue and ignored by the feminist channels because it is an employment issue.  We simply can’t afford this silence, politically, economically and as a society.’

To combat this silence, the Netroots conference tomorrow will be holding a workshop on the issue – ‘The 84%: Starting the digital fight back’ . Focussing on how we can use digital channels to bring make the 84% a mainstream issue, the session aims find a way to move these redundancies from the personal to the political in a way that gets grabs the media’s attention, and brings this mass unemployment of women more in to the public arena. Left Out will be there, we hope you can make it too!


The session will take  place at 11am, Saturday 30th June, at the Netroots Conference: Congress Centre, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3LS


You can find out more details about Netroots and buy your tickets (only a fiver!) here.

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