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 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