I'm delighted to post Labour's manifesto for women, just published.
This document sets out in detail what we will do to build on this if we win an overall majority in May.
I've posted highlights below - if you like this, please do share this blog and also our manifesto.
And if you want to get involved in my campaign and help to elect a strong campaigner for equality to Westminster, do get in touch.
Highlights from Labour’s better plan for women’s equality:
- Address the low pay that affects women most, by raising the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to more than £8 an hour by October 2019. Women on low incomes have been the worst affected by the Tory-Lib Dem austerity regime - this is urgently needed, to help reverse these damaging effects on women and on single parent women in particular. I've made tackling child poverty one of my key priorities.
- Support women and men to better balance work and care, by extending free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours a week.
- Work to close the gender pay gap, by requiring companies with over 250 employees to publish information on the gender pay gap and strengthening the law against maternity discrimination.
- Support healthy relationships by introducing compulsory sex and relationship education at schools - something I've been involved in for many years and also something which the young Bristol West Labour activists are championing. If elected, I will involve them in helping to develop this in ways which work for young people.
- Step up action to stop violence against women and girls, by appointing a new commissioner to enforce minimum standards in tackling domestic and sexual violence, and providing more stable central funding for women’s refuges and Rape Crisis Centres. Clearly, having more than a quarter of a century of activism, research and practice in tackling gender based violence will be something I can contribute to parliament and to Labour's actions on this.
- Lead by example in public life including through the use of all women shortlists in Labour parliamentary selection contests. I was selected by an all women shortlist against a strong group of excellent candidates - Labour has an excellent record of using this and other ways to increase the number of women in parliament.