Liberal Democrat Women will formally come into being on 8 June, the culmination of 18 months’ work bringing together the party’s existing women’s organisations: Campaign for Gender Balance and Women Liberal Democrats. In launching Liberal Democrat Women we want to create a more powerful platform for all Liberal Democrats – male and female – who want to see gender equality in Westminster and beyond.
Liberal Democrat Women will focus on 4 core areas of activity: policy, campaigns, women’s representation and networking. It will do everything its predecessor organisations did, and hopefully much more.
To realise this bold ambition we need YOUR help. We need new talent for the first Liberal Democrat Women Executive, which will be elected over the summer. To get involved you first need to join Liberal Democrat Women – and until 31 May you can do so at a special rate of £10 (click here to join now).
If you believe passionately in equality now is the time to step forward and do something about it. Liberal Democrat Women’s first elected Executive will have a unique opportunity to shape the culture and agenda of the new organisation. Our aspiration is that Liberal Democrat Women will be an open, dynamic and innovative organisation with a broad and diverse membership base across the whole party.
Attracting and involving new people is crucial to that aspiration. We need fresh ideas and an injection of new energy. That’s why, after many years of involvement in both Campaign for Gender Balance and Women Liberal Democrats, I won’t be standing for Liberal Democrat Women’s Executive. A new organisation needs new faces. I’ll continue to campaign vigorously for gender equality (not least as a Trustee of the Fawcett Society) but it’s time to move on. So if you’re interested in standing for the Liberal Democrat Women Executive and want to know more please do get in touch via Roxana Cimpeanu at LDHQ (020 7227 1319 [email protected]). I’m very happy to have an informal chat about what’s involved.
This is a unique opportunity to build Liberal Democrat Women into the kind of organisation YOU want it to be. Don’t miss it!
The inaugural meeting of Liberal Democrat Women will be held in Birmingham on 8 June. Nominations for elections to the Executive close on 5 July, but you need to be a paid up member of Women Liberal Democrats /Liberal Democrat Women by June 14th 2013 in order to stand for the executive this time round.
Until 31 May you can join Liberal Democrat Women for £10 (click here).
* Dinti Batstone is a member of WLD and Acting Co-Chair of Campaign for Gender Balance.