All-Member Meetings would greatly lower the barrier for our voices to be heard
22 November, 2018
• FOR women living in the constituency, changing the current system of delegates being elected through party branches is a vital opportunity for our full participation in the party.
Women are far more likely to take on caring responsibilities, and finding the time to attend multiple meetings each month is often difficult. Simplifying our attendance requirements to All-Member Meetings (AMMs) would greatly lower the barrier for our voices to be heard.
Those in favour of the current delegate system argue that AMMs would disrupt meeting gender balances, since there are minimum quotas for women through the delegate structure. But the gender balance of meetings depends on the number of women and men actually in attendance.
And there are no rules that ensure a gender balance among delegates from affiliated societies and unions. Hence, just as with the current delegate structure, the gender balance at AMMs will ultimately depend on those who are in attendance.
LEYLA WILLIAMS, GAIL MCANENA, AMELIA HORGAN, RIMSHA ABDUL, LAURA MURRAY, CLLR MARYAM ESLAMDOUST, DIANE PEARSON, SHEZAN RENNY, ZIA TESHOME, ALIYA YULE