As women’s rights are eroded around the world, we desperately need more women in politics

The Young Greens are the youth and student wing of the Green Party of England and Wales. This summer, Young Greens members will vote to elect a new executive. Bright Green offers each of the candidates the opportunity to present their vision.

A lifelong feminist, I have followed politics from an early age and my first involvement was when the climate movement started to grow rapidly in the UK in early 2019. I got involved in organizing school strikes for the climate and eventually started campaigning in other areas, including free school meals and the right to protest. I saw that these movements were mostly youth led and I had the opportunity to work with amazing young activists and through that I saw how engaged and energetic young people are in politics and human rights issues.

I joined the Green Party about two and a half years ago because it was the only party that really understood the link between climate justice and social justice, and actively fought for the things I believed in. Since then, I have mostly been active in my local party, especially in the run up to this year’s local elections – where I was a candidate and my local party achieved our best results. I also served on the Young Green Women and Women of the Green Party committees, through which I participated in internal campaigns on topics such as sexual harassment within the party and encouraged the party central to being more vocal on the rights of Afghan women and girls. I also started and ran a Green Party Society at my university (where I study Physics, a heavily male-dominated subject), and was recently elected Disability Leader for the London Green Party.

I was lucky enough to attend the Young Greens 30 Under 30 training this year in Bristol, where I met so many bright young members and learned a lot. It really showed me how amazing the Young Greens are and how powerful we hold. I had already been considering running for the Young Greens executive for some time, and seeing and experiencing first hand the incredible work they do made me decide to do so.

I often hear the expression “the Young Greens are the future of the party”. I don’t agree – I think we are the driving force of the Party. Time and time again since I joined I have seen the Young Greens lead in many areas, from trans rights to political training, and we have had some fantastic days of action for this year’s local elections to support our young candidates. However, I noticed that most of our target candidates were male, and that’s something I’d like to change. Women are often much less likely to run for office unless encouraged – when the amazing Carla Denyer came to tell us about the 30 Under 30 training, she mentioned that she had to be encouraged many times before to stand for election for the first time. Misogyny is rampant in politics, and my number one priority as a women’s liberation officer would be to work with the Young Green Women committee to engage with women and non-binary members of Young Greens and encourage and empower them. ways to run for office, such as connecting new members with more experienced activists and creating a network and support system of young women and non-binary members. At a time when women’s rights are being eroded around the world, we desperately need more women in politics.

For an experienced young member dedicated to the representation and empowerment of women in the Young Greens, I hope you will consider lending me your vote for Women’s Liberation Officer in this election.

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