The What Women Want 2.0 Project
Emma Hopkins Jones
The Law Of... asking what women want20 years ago, The Women's Communication Centre left postcards in banks, libraries, cafes, and community centres across the UK that asked women one question: "What do you want?"
Even though they might not have realised it at the time, the 10,000 women who shared their thoughts, views, and needs had a massive impact on the political landscape surrounding gender.
Now, a new generation of women has the chance to do the same thing as the Women's Equality Party is teaming up with What Women Want 2.0
to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the project.
As an active member of the York branch of the party, our Emma Hopkins Jones
, Partner in Family Law
, explains how by voicing their views and experiences, women and girls have the chance to make a real difference to gender politics.
Listening To Women's Experiences
Everyone has their own story to tell, and it's not very often that women have the opportunity to help change the face of politics simply by speaking out about their experiences.
Whether you want to share your thoughts on the gender pay gap, rights for working mothers, or even discuss what can be done to protect women suffering from domestic abuse, the What Women Want 2.0 project gives you the chance to get involved in the bigger political discussions on gender and the role of women in society.
As well as the survey, the Women's Equality Party is hosting its first ever conference in Manchester
, which is taking place between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th November.
Packed with discussions, training, and workshops, the event will give attendees an insight into the current state of politics in the UK as well as how they affect women.
At the heart of many of the debates is the subject of domestic abuse, which gives attendees the opportunity to have open and honest conversations about:
- Sexual harassment and sexual violence in universities
- Affordable housing for women who are fleeing from domestic violence
- Addressing the abuse that women with disabilities encounter
- Ending domestic violence against women
Battling Domestic Abuse
Regardless of background, ethnicity, and even gender, domestic abuse is frighteningly common:
- 1 in 4 women living in the UK and Wales will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes
- 2 women are killed every week in England and Wales by their current or ex-partner
- 28.3% of women have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16
As well as physical violence, many victims of domestic abuse often suffer from emotional or psychological abuse or trauma.
The introduction of new coercive control laws in 2015 aimed to offer protection to victims trapped in controlling, abusive relationships, but statistics show that between December 2015 and June 2016 most police forces in the UK launched less than 5 coercive control actions
."Raising awareness of these laws and what other support is available is the only way that we can ensure victims of domestic abuse feel confident and safe enough to come forward" Emma comments."
"That's why it's so important for as many women as possible to take part in projects like 'What Women Want 2.0' as they more they speak up about things that affect them and matter to them, the more likely it is that something can be done about it."
Let the Women's Equality Party know what you really want by filling out this interactive postcard