Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network
(All virtual @12.30pm and joining details sent out to the network via email)
*Please note timings are approximates and some sessions may be subject to change
Tuesday 22 September 2020 | The Good Parliament | 1 hour
The network will be joined by Professor Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender at Royal Holloway University of London and author of ‘The Good Parliament’ report which was published on 20th July 2016. We will discuss this report with Professor Childs who made 43 recommendations focusing on three elements; equality of participation, parliamentary infrastructure and Commons culture. We’d recommend reading the report in advance of this meeting which can be found here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/news/2016/july/20%20Jul%20Prof%20Sarah%20Childs%20The%20Good%20Parliament%20report.pdf
OCTOBER 2020 – mental health and wellbeing focus for World Mental Health Day on 10th October
Tuesday 6 October 2020 | Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP | 40 mins
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan is Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Member of Parliament for Tooting, A and E doctor and a woman that always gets her tone right! We’re delighted she will be joining us for a conversation with the network on mental health and wellbeing. Please be prepared for an interactive conversation with Rosena. There will be opportunities for questions.
Tuesday 13 October 2020 | Looking after your mental health and wellbeing | 1 hour
Dr Sonia Adesara is an NHS doctor, women’s activist and the former Director of 50:50 Parliament. She will be talking to us about mental health and the effects of policies on women and give top tips on looking after our own health and wellbeing. Do join us for what we’re sure will be an invaluable session for the network.
Thursday 15 October 2020 | Women Political Advisors to the Shadow Cabinet | 40 mins
Join us for a special session with the women advising members of the Shadow Cabinet including Sally Copley, Political Advisor (PAD) to Marsha de Cordova MP, Emma McNicholas, PAD to Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Charlie Falconer), Kate Robson, PAD to Cat Smith MP and Collette Bird, PAD to Jon Ashworth MP.
This much requested session will explore the role of an advisor, provide advice for those looking to progress their parliamentary careers and give the network an opportunity to meet and ask questions of these fantastic women. Do not miss it!
Tuesday 20 October 2020 | Great coffee get together | 40 mins
This is an opportunity for just us to get together for a chat to share our recommendations on interesting things to read, what to watch and listen to. This could be a book you’re reading at the moment, Podcast you’re listening to or an event you’re attending that may be useful to others. Put the kettle on and check in with the network on how you’re doing and share some interesting things to get stuck into!
Tuesday 27 October 2020 | Tackling Abuse in Public Life | 1 hour
We are delighted that Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, will be joining us for a discussion on tackling abuse in public life and to tell us more about the work of the foundation and how we can get involved to help make a change. Catherine is no stranger to Parliament having worked for Rory Stewart MP for a number of years. The Foundation was established in 2016 by the friends and family of the late Jo Cox MP and is aiming to build a positive legacy for Jo.
Tuesday 10 November 2020 | Sexual harassment and your rights | 40 mins
We are delighted to be joined by Deeba Syed, Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women, for a Q and A session on sexual harassment and your rights. Deeba is a qualified solicitor, originally training in the financial sector and now specialising in employment law. She is an experienced equality and women’s rights campaigner and activist. She has previously worked in politics, communications and the charity sector.
Thursday 12 November 2020 | Women’s rights at work | 40 mins
Join us for the second meeting with two trade union representatives – Jenny Symmons from the GMB and Lily Lewis from UNITE parliamentary staff union branches – who will brief the network on everything you need to know about your rights at work. There will be ample opportunity for questions and useful information and links will be shared out with the network after the session.
Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Preet Kaur Gill MP | 40 mins
Preet Kaur Gill MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, will be joining us to talk about her experiences in politics and discuss Labour’s view on how we can work more collaboratively with other countries around the world in a post Brexit era.
Tuesday 24 November 2020 | Journalists panel discussion on women in the media | 1 hour
We’re excited to bring you a panel discussion on women’s experiences in the media with journalists from across the media who will share their insights into the challenges and opportunities they face bringing us the news from Westminster, the United Kingdom and around the world. We will be joined by Esther Webber from the Times RedBox, and two other journalists to be confirmed.
DECEMBER 2020 – Women’s representation themed month
Tuesday 8 December 2020 | Women in Westminster | 1 hour
Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Labour MP for Leeds West, will be joining the network to talk about her book ‘Women of Westminster: The MPs Who Changed Politics’.
Join us for what should be a fascinating conversation about the battles fought by women from 1919 to 2019. There will be an opportunity for questions.
Thursday 10 December 2020 | Women, leadership and statistics | 1 hour
Professor Rosie Campbell, Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, will be joining the network for the last session of the winter to discuss the institute’s latest research produced with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which has found that women political leaders are key to more equal and caring societies. The report is based on an analysis of over 500 pieces of research into the impacts of women leaders in politics and public life, and shows that when women are able to exercise political leadership, there are gains for the whole of society.
You can read the full report here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/women-political-leaders-key-to-more-equal-and-caring-societies