Equal Power: free online summer workshop programme on politics

Equal Power: free online summer workshop programme by The Fawcett Society and partners for women on getting into politics, using your voice online and community organising and leadership.

You don’t need any existing knowledge or experience. Sign up for several or just one session here: https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/free-online-equal-power-workshops-for-women 

Getting into Politics

  • 11th June: ‘Getting into politics: finding your why’
  • 21st June and 21st July: ‘Meet The New Girls Network
  • 8th July: ‘How can I become a Councillor in England?’
  • 10th September: ‘How can I become an MP?

Getting into politics as a Black, Asian or minority ethnicity Woman

  • 1st July: ‘Candid Conversations: on being a local councillor, and a woman, and BAME, and Muslim’
  • 8th July: ‘Candid Conversations: On being an MP and a woman and BAME’
  • 20th July: ‘Exploring Your Political Pathway for BAME women’

Using your voice online

  • 30th June and 27th July: ‘Digital Self Defence: How to Keep Politically Active Women Safe Online’

Community organising and leadership

  • 9th June and 18th August: ‘Effective action: how to make impact not just noise
  • 4th August: ‘Intro to Community Organising’
  • 23rd September: ‘Your next civic role. Take on a board role’

We recommend signing up quickly as the sessions are likely to become fully booked!

Meet the team: Ruth

Hi, I’m Ruth and I started working as the Grants Caseworker in the middle of March, just before the lockdown. My role involves making applications to various funding organisations to support women in financial need. Mostly I am applying for funding for household essentials, like cookers, fridges and washing machines, or other basic expenses needed for a decent life for women and their families. Funders are looking to help women who are dealing with many kinds of financial pressures. These might relate to loss of work or benefits, disability and health, domestic abuse and violence, or leaving prison. It is good to see that grant funding organisations are adapting to the lockdown and are keen to continue to offer help. My job also includes some welfare rights advice work. With help from the amazing Women’s Centre team, I’ve been able to get set up to work from home during the lockdown, so I’ve been keeping busy and working closely with the other caseworkers.

In my previous job I was working for Citizens Advice supporting people with universal credit and other benefit claims and queries. As well as working at the Women’s Centre, I am also working on a research project at the University of Nottingham about the experiences of people with learning difficulties who are looking for work. Other than that, I enjoy meeting up with friends, reading and listening to music. And I love to spend time with my three girls who are in their late teens/early twenties. We are all feminists but sometimes we disagree about what that means in practice – it makes for some entertaining conversations!