Campus Life

Women’s Equality Party

Even though we’re still pretty new on campus, the Women’s Equality Party Society has big ideas for spring 2016. We just need passionate people who can help us drive change on campus.

If you would like to meet the committee to ask a few questions, or make friends with like-minded people, we have a tapas social coming up. Come along to La Tasca on Friday 5 February from 7.30pm. It is free to attend, but we’ll need to book a table so please do let us know you’re coming via Facebook. Simply search for ‘Cardiff Uni WEPSoc’ on Facebook and you’ll be able to find the event as well as other posts from us.

We also have a committee meeting on Wednesday 10 February at 5.30pm in the Students’ Union. Members are welcome to come, share their ideas and help plan our activities for the semester – in particular, a special event for International Women’s Day in March. There’ll be snacks and drinks available.

A few more weeks down the line and we’ll be holding a film night on Wednesday 24 February. Check our Facebook page for updates on details about where in the Students’ Union we’ll be, but you can expect popcorn and treats!

You might have seen us on Friday if you went to the Refreshers Activities Fair. After setting up (and getting through a lot of Velcro for the displays), it was lovely to talk to people about equality in the UK and how the Women’s Equality Party Society hopes to make changes closer to home.

If you haven’t heard of the Women’s Equality Party, we’re a non-partisan political party that was founded in March 2015. Because we’re non-partisan we welcome people from across the political spectrum, whether you’re centre-, left- or right-leaning. You may have heard that comedian, broadcaster and author, Sandi Toksvig is our co-founder. Alongside Toksvig is Catherine Mayer, a journalist and author.

A few months after founding the party, in July, the Women’s Equality Party announced that Sophie Walker would be the party’s leader through its formation phase ahead of a leadership election by members next year. Speaking about why she wanted to take up the position, Walker said: “I realised the other day that I’m having exactly the same conversations with my friends that my mother was having with her friends in the Seventies. I look at my daughters (age 13 and 6) and think I really don’t want them to be the third generation having those conversations.”

I think Sophie Walker has struck on a good point there. Do you ever get tired of catcalling in the street? If you choose to start a family, are you concerned that your gender (man or woman) will influence your career and family responsibilities and opportunities? Or does the existence of a gender pay gap in 2016 seem bizarre to you? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you might be interested in helping to push towards gender equality in the UK.

We have six core objectives which all our campaigns and work revolve around: equal representation, equal pay and opportunity, equal parenting and caregiving, equal education, equal media treatment, and an end to violence against women.

You can read more about each of our objectives on the Women’s Equality Party website: www.womensequality.org.uk. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with the activities of our society, or simply have a steady stream of interesting reading material to distract you from work, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CardiffUniWEPSoc.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you soon.

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