Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Sexism


In my opinion sexism is inequality and unfair. The Green Party stands for a more fair society, with equality for all.

We have one of the best records in British politics with a female leader, our 1 MP, 2 of our 3 MEPs, our peer. Also 1 of the 2 London Assembly members. There is still a long way to go with candidate selection but we do have one of the highest rates in the country. 

In Brighton the Green Party have brought in long overdue equal pay, previous Administrations had ducked the issue. 

We are against all austerity cuts, so yes we would bring back legal aid and domestic violence support. 

As a man I am not best placed to answer these questions, I would rather listen to the opinions of women. But as the candidate you asked me so I have attempted to answer as best I can. 




Dear Adrian Windisch,

Whoever is elected on 7th May as my MP will have crucial opportunities while in parliament to tackle sexism. Inequality between women and men remains deeply embedded in our society. It’s something I care strongly about.

I want my MP to be someone who is committed to taking effective action to promote women’s equality.

  • Since the 2010 general election, many women have become poorer. 74% of the £22bn of austerity cuts have come from women’s pockets.
    Will you ensure all economic policies are fully and properly assessed for their potential impact on gender inequality?

  • Women make up less than a quarter of MPs.
    Will you take action to increase the number of women in politics, including positive action measures where necessary?

  • Over 1 in 3 women have experienced domestic violence in the UK.
    Will you repeal cuts to legal aid that trap women in abusive relationships?
     
  • 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year.
    Will you secure dedicated national funding for specialist domestic and sexual violence support services?


I look forward to hearing your response.

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